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Moving To Zambia

🇿🇲 Zambia, (ZM)

What's in this article?
  1. Zambia International Moving Services
  2. Moving To Zambia Cost & Time Examples
  3. Will Customs Charge Duties On Your Household Items?
  4. What Paperwork Is Required For Your Household Items?
  5. Will Customs Charge Duties On Your Vehicle?
  6. What Paperwork Is Required For Your Vehicle?
  7. Tips On How To Make Your International Move Easier
  8. Why You Need A Professional Moving Company When Relocating Overseas
  9. How To Find The Best International Moving Company
  10. Our Zambia International Moving Services
  11. Why A-1 Auto Transport?
  12. Talk To Us!
  13. Sources

Zambia International Moving Services

If you are like most people, moving is one of the most dreaded things that you would ever want to do. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be like that. Even if it is an international move – which normally needs more preparation than local moves – you can still have an easy time.

Moving to Zambia Cost & Time Examples

To/From    2BR    4BREstimated Time
Miami to Lusaka$5,100- $8,500$9,500- $15,5004-8 weeks
New York to Lusaka$5,100- $8,500$9,500- $15,5004-8 weeks
Los Angeles to Lusaka$5,500- $9,100$10,300- $16,8005-9 weeks
Seattle to Lusaka$5,500- $9,100$10,300- $16,8005-9 weeks
Portland to Lusaka$5,800- $9,500$10,700- $17,5005-9 weeks
Dallas to Kitwe$5,800- $9,500$10,500- $17,2004-8 weeks
Memphis to Kitwe$6,000- $10,000$11,000- $18,1004-8 weeks
Indianapolis to Lusaka$6,200- $10,100$11,200- $18,2004-8 weeks
Phoenix to Lusaka$6,300- $10,300$11,600- $18,9005-9 weeks
Denver to Kitwe$7,700- $12,700$14,000- $23,0005-9 weeks

*Please note that these estimates do not include taxes, customs fees & duties, insurance & quarantine inspections. They assume easy access to both pick up and drop-off addresses and do not allow for special items such as pianos.

Estimated Weight (based on home size): 1BR=2600 lbs - 3900 lbs 2BR=3900 lbs - 5200 lbs 3BR=6500 lbs - 9100 lbs 4BR=9100 lbs - 14300 lbs 5BR=11700 lbs - 19500 lbs

A-1 Auto Transport has helped many individuals move to Zambia successfully. From shipping cars to Zambia to moving household goods, you will not be disappointed with our Zambia International Moving Services.

Will customs charge duties on your household items?

You can be exempted from import duties on your shipment of used household goods, if you purchased them at least six months ago. Customs also requires you to personally use them during this term. Residing outside of Zambia for the last two years or more is mandatory as well. Finally, to be eligible for duty-free import, your shipment should enter Zambia no later than six months after you move to the country. If duty relief is granted, then you aren’t permitted to sell, lend out to others or get rid of these goods while in Zambia (1).
Two additional regulations seem applicable to all shipments, not just those which are exempt from duty. First, you’re instructed to be in the country while your shipment is being processed. Second, certification from a Commissioner of Oath or the Zambian High Commision in your origin nation (presumably at the Zambian consulate) is necessary (2).
In addition, the International Association of Movers guides that all paperwork should be submitted to the destination agent before your shipment arrives. This should reduce the demurrage (storage) fees and other costs you’ll incur during processing. Finally, though customs only requires that you be somewhere in the country during processing – be prepared to attend clearance if they ask for an interview (3).

What paperwork is required for your household items?

A comprehensive inventory of all goods purchased under six months before your shipment enters Zambia is required. This inventory should have the receipts for all of these items attached (the originals, not copies). It should also include monetary values, be written in English and bear your signature and the date. A separate packing list is also needed, along with the Original Bill of Lading or Air Waybill for the shipment.
A Letter of Employment and TIN (Tax Identification Number) will be requested by customs as well. A valid Work Permit or Residence Permit is mandatory too. If you submit a copy of this permit, then certification of this document by the Zambia Revenue Authority is necessary. The same instruction holds true for your passport, if you give a copy to customs (4).

Will customs charge duties on your vehicle?

According to one respected source, as a temporary foreign resident in Zambia – you can import a single used vehicle without paying duty. To obtain exemption, you must bring in the vehicle no later than six months after the date listed on your Work Permit (or perhaps your date of entry into the country).
If you plan to import a new vehicle instead, then import tax and duty will apply. The exact rate varies depending on which source you consult. One source reports a 25% duty rate, plus value-added tax of 17.3% (5). The International Association of Movers differs, stating that you’ll pay 25% import duty, VAT of 16% and excise duty of 30% (presumably added to the total cost). In addition, a carbon tax of $30 will be levied on your vehicle import (6).

What paperwork is required for your vehicle?

You must give customs the vehicle’s title and registration. Documentation showing insurance coverage is also required, plus the Original Bill of Lading for the shipment. A Certificate of Non-Sale (confirming you won’t sell the vehicle within Zambia) is necessary as well. When shipping a vehicle to Zambia, your passport and a Letter of Transfer are mandatory documentation too (7). This letter should be written by the company you work for, and you’ll also need to provide a Work Permit or Residence Permit.
Customs will also request the purchase receipt for the vehicle, and it should list the price paid and date of sale. A JEVIC Certificate is required as well – but only if your vehicle shipment originates in Singapore, the United Kingdom, South Africa or Japan (8). Also be ready to provide proof of international insurance coverage, your driver’s license and a Valuation Certificate (9).
While this is an excellent overview of what to expect during entry, be aware that additional documentation and regulatory requirements will apply to your shipments. Consequently, you’re encouraged to discuss the particulars of your shipments with customs prior to moving. The complexity of the clearance process also highlights the importance of working with a qualified international moving company like A1 Auto Transport.

Tips on how to make your international move easier

Can your international move be made easier? It most certainly can. Here are a few tips for that.

  • Use a moving company. Rather than managing the entire move yourself, a moving company will use its years of experience to help you get everything to Zambia in an efficient way.
  • Cancel any subscriptions that you might have or redirect them to your new address in Zambia. It’s also a good idea to change your address with your bank and any other online accounts that ship items to your home.
  • Talk to your bank about the move and find out if there are any special requirements that you will need to meet to use your account from a different country.
  • Visit Zambia’s immigration website and read about any requirements for you to relocate there.

Why you need a professional moving company when relocating overseas

The best way to relocate is by seeking Zambia International Moving Services from a professional moving company. Such services will help make the moving process simpler and trouble free. Here are more reasons why you should consider a professional moving company.

  • You get to free up time to make sure that the family is comfortable during the trip and that everyone is ready for the relocation process.
  • With professionals handling your belongings, you are sure that proper tools and equipment will be used so you don’t risk damaging your bulky appliances.
  • Should an accident result in the loss or damage of any of your belongings, you are sure that you will be compensated.
  • Moving companies can combine cargo and ship it together to give you some benefits on the price. For example, your car can be shipped together with a few.

A-1 Auto Transport can help you move your household goods internationally. Call 888-509-3213 to get a free, no obligation to buy price quote on interstate moving services.

How to find the best international moving company

Here are some simple ways to identify a good moving company for your move to Zambia:

  1. First and foremost, a good moving company should be licensed and registered. But don’t take their word for it. Ask for a US DOT number and check it using the tool here.
  2. Secondly, you should be able to see reviews from past customers on their website. These will help you determine if the company delivers their services as promised. If you cannot find anything on their website, then check if you can find some on Yelp.
  3. Sometimes things will not go exactly as planned and you need to be sure that you are safe in case this happens. Ask how they handle insurance claims and the time it typically takes before you are compensated.

Our Zambia International Moving Services

  • Packing/unpacking: Don’t worry about a thing. We can take care of the entire process.
  • Commercial moving: Big or small, we can move your business to Zambia.
  • Office moves: Enjoy an affordable and efficient office move that does not cause you too much downtime.
  • Apartment moves: We take pride in giving our customers convenience as they move to new apartments.
  • Planning and preparation: Ensure you are fully prepared by having a professional guide you through the planning process.
  • Visa and immigration services: We have experts who are very conversant with Zambia immigration policies. They will help you make sure that you have all the required documents.
  • Family services: Even if you are moving with the entire family, we have the necessary resources to get you to Zambia safely.
  • Auto transport services: Do not leave your car behind. This is our area of specialization. Allow us to ship yours safely and at an affordable rate.

Why A-1 Auto Transport?

  1. We have competent and dedicated personnel who fully understand the process. They will ensure that your move is fast and efficient.
  2. We value transparency. You can contact us at any time to ask for an update on the progress.
  3. Should the worst happen, you are safe with our cargo insurance policy.

Talk to us!

Call us on 888-509-3213 or fill the form above and one of our representatives will contact you.


  1. Found on Atlas Int’l “Importing Personal Property Into Zambia” page.
  2. Ibid.
  4. Ibid.
  5. Found on Atlas Int’l “Importing Personal Property Into Zambia” page.
  9. Found on Atlas Int’l “Importing Personal Property Into Zambia” page.
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Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. 

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

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