Moving To Zambia

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Customs Regulations for Zambia

The customer must be in Zambia at the time of the shipment’s arrival, but is not required to be present during clearance.

NOTE: All document copies, including passports must be certified by the Zambian High Commission in the country of origin, or by a Commissioner of Oath.

  • Passport – certified copy, showing entry date into Zambia, original is sometimes required
  • Residence Permit or Work Permit – certified copy, (temporary Work Permits not accepted)
  • Bill of Lading/Air Waybill – original, Express Release not allowed
  • Comprehensive Valued Inventory -(not insured value) in English, dated & signed by owner:A detailed value per item is required for shipments that transit through South Africa
  • Pack list – in English, abbreviations not allowed i.e. “misc.”, “PBO,” etc.
  • Power of Attorney – giving authority for Destination Agent to arrange customs clearance
  • Letter from Employer – attesting to client’s employment contract
  • Tax Identification Card – obtained from ZRA Advice Center; must provide work permit &passport and submitted 20 days prior to arrival of shipment
  • Police Report w/fingerprints – obtained from origin police department
  • New items (less than six months old)
  • Appliances/electronics – must have invoices/receipts
  • Prescription medications – require physician prescription even for over the counter medications
  • Firearms/ammunition – require permit from local police
  • Tobacco products – 200 cigarettes or 250 grams of loose tobacco, in excess of these amounts incurs duty
  • Narcotics/illegal drugs
  • Pornography
  • Explosives, ammunitions and all other weapons unless otherwise approved
  • Alcohol – must be sent separately and is subject to 100 percent duty upon arrival
  • Animal skins, furs, ivory – The Zambian Wildlife Authority has screeners at international ports of entry and exit and will prosecute offenders with penalties ranging from fines to five year prison sentences
  • Plants, food, poultry and any poultry products

New vehicles are subject to 25 percent duty of invoice value

Documents required:

  • Certificate of Title and Registration – must be original
  • Commercial/Purchase Invoice – showing date and purchase price
  • Driver’s License and International Insurance Policy (green card)
  • OBL and Non Sale Certificate
  • Letter of Transfer from client’s employer
  • Valuation Certificate
  • Certificate of Vaccination – including rabies, less than six months prior to arrival
  • Health Certificate – by a Veterinarian at origin
  • Import permit – must be obtained in advance by writing to:
    • Director, Veterinary and Tsetse Control Department
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries
  • Mulungushi House, P.O. Box 50060
  • Lusaka, Zambia

NOTE – Customs regulations are subject to change at any time. The proceeding information is a brief summary of customs regulations applicable to household goods shipments to this destination and is being provided for general guidance to assist our Agents and Customers. Since such regulations are subject to change without notice, International sea & air shipping cannot be held liable for any costs, damage, delays, or other detrimental events resulting from non-compliance. Always double check with your local embassy or consulate.

Call our International Moving Specialists @ 1 (866) 315-4170

How International Sea & Air Shipping can help for moving to Zambia

At International Sea & Air Shipping, we offer a wide array of services to help you have a smooth relocation experience during your move to Zambia. Our moving experts will offer you the best international shipping services for your household goods and even shipping your vehicle. We can even help you when it’s time to plan the following:

  • When will you be moving to Zambia?
  • Do you have a preference for air shipping or sea shipping?
  • How long do you intend to stay in Zambia?

Moving to Zambia from the U.S.

Are you planning a move to Zambia? International Sea & Air Shipping provides you with the best international moving services and international shipping services to fit your budget and your needs.

Call International Sea & Air Shipping today to schedule your free in-home estimate at 1 (866) 315-4170 so you can get an accurate estimate of the cost to move to Zambia.

How Much Does it Cost to Move to Zambia?

When you are moving internationally from the US, either to Zambia or any other country, the cost of your move will depend on the distance to the destination and the cubic footage of your cargo. Your moving cost will vary with the amount of items being shipped internationally and how far they’re traveling.

To get an accurate estimate of the cost to move to Zambia from the US, make an appointment with one of our moving experts today! The home survey will help our experts provide you with the best estimate of your cargo size and offer proper estimates for your valuable belongings.

About Zambia

The Republic of Zambia is located in southern Africa. Its name was derived from the river name Zambezi, which means God’s River. Zambia is home to the Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River, and the two major river basins draining Zambia are the Zambezi and the Congo basins.

The neighboring countries of Zambia are the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Angola. In terms of area, Zambia ranks as the 39th largest country in the world.

Though officially a Christian nation, Zambia consists of a wide variety of religious traditions. Zambia culture has European influences along with a mixture of Bantu culture. The traditional Zambian ceremonies clearly make the Zambia culture visible.

Zambia was named as one of the world’s fastest economically-reforming countries by the World Bank in 2010. The natural resources of Zambia include copper, cobalt, zinc, lead, emeralds, gold, silver and hydropower. The trade partners of Zambia are China, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Motto : One Zambia, One country

Capital : Lusaka

National Anthem : “Stand and Sing of Zambia, Proud and Free”


Location : Southern Africa, east of Angola
Area : 
Total : 752,618 sq km
Land :
743,398 sq km
Water :
9,220 sq km
Climate : 
Tropical; modified by altitude; rainy season (October to April)


Nationality : Zambian(s)
Population : 13,881,336 (July 2011 est.)
Major Cities : LUSAKA (capital) 1.413 million (2009)
Languages : Bemba 30.1% (official), Nyanja 10.7% (official), Tonga 10.6% (official), Lozi 5.7% (official), Chewa 4.9%, Nsenga 3.4%, Tumbuka 2.5%, Lunda 2.2% (official), Kaonde 2% (official), Lala 2%, Luvale 1.7% (official), English 1.7% (official), Other 22.5% (2000 Census)


GDP : $20.03 billion (2010 est.)
Exchange Rates : 
Zambian kwacha (ZMK) per US dollar – 4,823.6 (2010), 5,046.1 (2009), 3,512.9 (2008), 3,990.2 (2007), 3,601.5 (2006)


Airports : 94 (2010)
Roadways : Total : 91,440 km
Waterways : 2,250 km
Ports & Terminals : Mpulungu