The below information is a brief summary of customs regulations when you plan your international shipping to Zambia, Always double check with your local embassy or consulate to make sure you have all the information you need before you make your move. Contact the nearest Zambia Embassy.

When you plan your international shipping to Zambia, the following documents are required for customs clearance:

  • Passport
  • Residence Visa
  • Work Permit
  • Proof of Employment
  • Letter authorizing Destination Agent to clear shipment
  • Detailed Inventory in ENGLISH with values, dated and signed
  • Original bill of lading and two copies with price of freight indicated

When shipping goods overseas to Zambia, the following items customs guidelines will need to be met:

  • Document for free entry (for diplomats) requires 20 days to be obtained
  • All shipments must arrive within six months of Customer’s arrival
  • Shipments inspected at random
  • Customer is to complete Declaration Form
  • Original documents must arrive before the shipment

When shipping goods overseas to Zambia, The following items are dutiable and/or restricted:

  • New items
  • Foodstuff
  • Motor vehicles

When shipping goods overseas to Zambia, the following items are prohibited, but not limited to, from entry into the country:

  • Drugs
  • Meat
  • Plants
  • Firearms (will be held until license obtained – about six months)
  • Pornographic Material
  • Left hand motor vehicles prohibited
  • Alcohol or any other spirits are prohibited and subject to more than 100% tax.

When shipping Motor Vehicles overseas to Zambia, the following documents and regulations will apply:

  • One auto allowed
  • Taxed according to value (if exceeding $5,000) and mileage

When moving or shipping household goods overseas to the Zambia, below are the duty and tax guidelines:

For new personal effects:

  • 25 percent of the invoice value plus 17.5 percent VAT on electrical items
  • 15 percent of the invoice value plus 17.5 percent VAT on computers

For new cars:

  • 25 percent of the declared value (invoice is needed) plus 17.5 percent VAT

If you are moving your household, commercial goods or motor vehicles to Lusaka, Kitwe, Ndola or to another other city, please give us a call to go over any questions on documentation.

The regulations are subject to change without notice. Our company is not liable for any costs, damage, delays, or other detrimental events resulting from non-compliance.