The Trans-Caprivi Corridor links the Port of Walvis Bay with Zambia, the southern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Zimbabwe. The Corridor runs via the former Caprivi Strip in north-eastern Namibia and enters Zambia via the Katima Mulilo bridge, which was completed in 2004. This development added to the existing Trans-Caprivi Highway, which was officially opened in 1999, resulting in the completion of Trans-Caprivi Corridor. The Corridor stretches over 2,500 km, and is supported by a railway line between Walvis Bay and Grootfontein, where transhipment facilities are available. The railway line resumes in Livingstone, Zambia.
The Trans-Caprivi Highway was officially opened in 1999. In May 2004, the bridge over the Zambezi River at Katima Mulilo (Namibia) and Sesheke (Zambia) was completed, which further developed what has now become the Trans-Caprivi Corridor.
Through an initiative by the DRC, Namibian and Zambian Governments, the Trans-Caprivi Corridor Management Committee (also known as the Walvis Bay-Ndola-Lubumbashi Committee) was set up in partnership with the private sector. A second regional body, namely the Trans-Caprivi Corridor Cluster Committee, was initiated by the Namibian and Zambian Governments, and supported by UNCTAD’s Capacity-building Programme on Transport and Trade Facilitation for Landlocked and Transit Developing Countries. The private sector was also involved in this partnership. These two Committees together identify and harmonise cross-border standards and address bottlenecks to trade between the Corridor member countries.
UNCTAD’s Capacity-building Programme, set up in 2005, identified the Trans-Caprivi Corridor as a model corridor in Africa, and supported the development of the Corridor’s Cluster Committee. The latter comprises public and private transport representatives, who meet twice a year to address Corridor issues. The Committee aims to replicate the Trans-Kalahari Corridor cross-border facilitation programme for the Trans-Caprivi Corridor.
|Country||Border post||Distance from Walvis Bay||Transit time*|
|DRC||Lubumbashi||2,690 km||4–5 days|
|Namibia||Grootfontein||598 km||1 day|
|Katima Mulilo||1,354 km||2 days|
|Windhoek||384 km||1 day|
|Zambia||Livingstone||1,565 km||3 days|
|Lusaka||2,050 km||4–5 days|
|Ndola||2,395 km||4–5 days|
|Zimbabwe||Harare||2,515 km||4 days|
|Country||Border post||Average clearance days||Operating hours|
|Namibia||Port of Walvis Bay||3 days||08:00–17:00*|
|Namibia/Zambia||Katima Mulilo/Sesheke||2 hours (Final clearance)||06:00–18:00*|
|30 minutes (Report order)|
|Zambia||Livingstone||2 days (Final clearance)||08:00–17:00*|
|Lusaka||2 days (Final clearance)||08:00–17:00*|
Please note that Namibia operates on daylight savings time during the winter months (April to September); summer months = GMT +2, winter months = GMT +1.
For further details on the customs or transport documents required at each border post along the Trans-Caprivi Corridor, please contact the relevant office in the country concerned.
Tel.: +264 64 2086000
Fax: +264 64 2086036
Tel.: +264 61 2092422 / 2092421
Fax: +264 61 220013
Tel.: +264 66 253222
Fax: +264 66 253222
Ministry of Works, Transport and Communication (MWTC)
Department of Transport: Director of Transport
Tel.: +264 61 2088624
Fax: +264 61 2088441
Department of Weighbridges
Tel.: +264 61 2847009
Tel.: +264 67 240160
Tel.: +264 66 254702 / 254703
Department of Permits
Tel.: +264 61 2847000
Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA)
Commissioner: Customs and Excise
Tel.: +260 1 229214 / 228414 / 229407 / 235251
Fax: +260 1 226139
Roads Development Agency
Axle Load Control Project
Tel.: +260 1 253088 / 253002
Fax: +260 1 253404
Weighbridges are situated in the following locations: Livingstone, Kafue and Lusaka (a mobile ZRA unit operates on the 65-km stretch between Kafue and Lusaka, and conducts random inspections on trucks travelling this route).