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2.8. Lengthy and costly customs clearance procedures
The border is too congested for the past 3 weeks with the queue now stretching backwards for 90 kilometers to Kitwe Town in the Copperbelt in Zambia, the situation has really gotten out of hand and we need urgent intervention.There are more that 1000 trucks queuing now and more joining from the various corridors.
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On 7 April 2020, Zambia Focal Point reported that the congestion could be as a result of the 14 days quarantine requirements for cross border drivers. They were going to carry out investigations and give concrete feedback.
2. On 9 April 2020, Zambia Focal Point reported that the problem was arising form the situation that Democratic Republic of Congo is in lock-down and enforcing strict screening measures at all Ports of entry in view of COVID-19. As a result, there has been a build up of traffic on the Zambian side at Kasumbalesa border post.
There is on-going engagement with Officials in the DRC and it was hoped that the situation can be resolved expeditiously.
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Zambia: Kasumbalesa (Border post)
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