Walvis Bay-Ndola-Lubumbashi Development Corridor


The Walvis Bay-Ndola-Lubumbashi Development Corridor (WBNLDC) 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.


The WBNLDC 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 this 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.


Through an initiative by the DRC, Namibian and Zambian Governments, the Walvis Bay-Ndola-Lubumbashi Management Committee was set up in partnership with the private sector. A second regional body, namely the WBNL 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 WBNLDC 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 Walvis Bay-Ndola-Lubumbashi Development Corridor.


For further information on this Initiative please contact the consultant for the WBNLDC Management Committee, Mr Erick Shimumbwe on wbnldcs@wbcgzm.com



Distance Table

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 Bulawayo 1,890 km 4 days
  Harare 2,515 km 4 days

Border Post Operating Hours

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*

Transit Table

KATIMA MULILO BRIDGE. 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 and what has now become the Trans-Caprivi Corridor.

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 WBNLDC, please contact the relevant office in the country concerned.

Customs & Road Authorities


Western Region                
Walvis Bay                     
Tel.: +264 64 208 6400            
Fax: +264 64 208 6036             
e-mail: walvisbay@mof.gov.na        

Central Region
Tel.: +264 61 209 2422 / 209 2421
Fax: +264 61 220 013
e-mail: windhoekregional@mof.gov.na

North-eastern Region
Katima Mulilo
Tel.: +264 66 253 222
Fax: +264 66 253 222
e-mail: ngoma@mof.gov.na

Ministry of Works, Transport and Communication (MWTC)
Department of Transport: Director of Transport
Tel.: +264 61 208 8624
Fax: +264 61 208 8441

Roads Authority (RA)
Weighbridges Division

Tel.: +264 61 284 7009    
Tel.: +264 67 242 107    
Katima Mulilo
Tel.: +264 66 252 775 / 254 702 / 254 703
Department of Permits
Tel.: +264 61 284 7000



Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA)

Commissioner: Customs and Excise

Tel.: +260 1 229 214 / 228 414 / 229 407 / 235 251
Fax: +260 1 226 139

Roads Development Agency
Axle Load Control Project
Projects Manager
Tel.: +260 1 253 088 / 253 801
Fax: +260 1 253 404

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).


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