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Shipping to Zambia – Changes in Diplomatic regulations

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Changes in Diplomatic regulations for customers moving to Zambia

Our FIDI-faim partners in Zambia have advised that Zambia Customs officials are no longer systematically granting “special deliveries” for diplomatic road or sea shipments.

Until today, customs accommodated the release of diplomatic shipments before clearance. This is not the case anymore.

Diplomatic road and sea shipments can only obtain customs clearance in Lusaka. Goods are therefore Removed In Bond (RIB) from the border of entry and taken to Lusaka terminal, where they will await final clearance. Please note that a bond fee applies.

The process can take between 4 to 7 days, pending approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Household goods and cars must be removed in bond separately.

Note that a shipment that contains household goods, a car and trailer will require three different customs entries and RIBs.

When diplomatic shipments arrive at Lusaka airport, customs documents must be processed through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before the goods can be cleared. This can take between 1 to 2 weeks. Storage will always be available at Lusaka airport and the corresponding extra storage costs will be invoiced to the relevant person.

When moving to Lusaka or shipping to Zambia please discuss these implications with your Abels customer liaison. Any specific circumstances and be addressed to our local partners for up to date advice and information.

Contact Abels on +44 (0) 1842 816600 or email