Operating hours revised at Kasumbalesa border with DR Congo


The Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) has announced that operating hours for Passenger Clearance at Kasumbalesa Border Post have been revised from eighteen hours to twenty-four hours with immediate effect.

ZRA Corporate Communications Manager, Oliver Nzala, says the revised hours are with immediate effect both on the Zambian and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) sides.

Nzala said the two Revenue Administrations will continue working out mechanisms to attain the same operating time for commercial cargo clearance in due course.

He said the revision of operating hours is part of the resolutions of the meeting between Ministers responsible for Commerce and Trade from the Zambia and DRC governments, which took place on March 6, 2023 in Kasumbalesa.

Nzala said the two governments committed to ensure resolution of challenges including the need to increase operating hours and improvement of key infrastructure around the borders.

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“Recognizing that both countries derive immense benefits from the flow of trade since time immemorial, both parties agreed that all border agencies of both countries put in place procedures to allow for 24-hour border operations at Kasumbalesa,” He said.

Nzala has also revealed that Sakania, Mokambo and Kipushi borders are also earmarked for 24-hours border operations.

“At the same meeting of Ministers in Kasumbalesa, the two countries also agreed to, in 12 months, operationalisation of a One Stop Border Post, for all borders adjoining the two states, starting with Kasumbalesa,” he said.

Contributed by Augustine Sichula

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