Zambia and South Africa share close business ties. Though sending shipments to Zambia from South Africa is generally straightforward, here are some things to bear in mind.
Sending shipments to Zambia – general advice
All imports by companies must include the original Commercial Invoice, clearly stating the currency of transaction. Proforma Invoices are not acceptable. Imports done by companies must include the Tax identification number on the Commercial Invoice.
Shipments to unregistered organisations can not be cleared and will be seized.
For goods that are exported and returned, duties are payable only on the cost of repair. Export documents must be available to prove that the goods left Zambia and the invoice must show the costs of repair. If the products have been repaired under warranty, the warranty certificate must be provided to ensure the goods are exempt from duties.
Shipments not cleared within 15 days will be confiscated by the customs authorities and additional $235 levied a fine and another additional $25 each day the shipment spends in their warehouse.
Customs tariff codes are reviewed yearly and changes in taxable amounts may vary as a result.
Commodities considered as documents
Zambia Customs defines a document as general correspondence (business or private) as well as:
The following items are specifically not allowed to be sent with DHL to Zambia.
This is in addition to DHL’s Global standard list of prohibited items which can be found here
Size and weight notes
The maximum weight per shipment is 300 kg (660.0 lb).
The maximum weight per piece is 70.0 kg (154.0 lb).
The maximum dimensions of each shipment are length: 120.0 cm (47.0 in); height: 160.0 cm (62.0 in); width: 100.0 cm (39.0 in). Pallets are accepted.
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