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Capital City

15.02 Mio

National languages
Englisch (Amtssprache); daneben 7 offiziell anerkannte Stammessprachen

Sambische Kwacha (ZMK)

Gross national product (GNP)
28.45 Mia. USD

GNP per person
1833 USD

Financial exports to Switzerland
15.88 Mio. CHF

Financial imports from Switzerland
3.74 Mio. CHF

Bilateral relations Switzerland–Zambia

Switzerland and Zambia maintain good relations. Since 1st November 2015, Switzerland is represented in Zambia through the Embassy of Switzerland in Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) and its Honorary Consul in Lusaka. Currently, consular services for Zambia continue to be provided by the Regional Consular Centre Southern Africa in Pretoria, which is attached to the Embassy of Switzerland.


Business language



Dimensions and weights

Metric system and British system.



National currency Kwacha (K) = 100 Ngwee (N).
ISO code: ZMK


Customs tariff

Harmonised system.


Import control

Import licences are only required for agricultural products (fresh or dried and not processed), weapons, munitions, explosives, hazardous chemicals and other hazardous substances. Import permits are generally valid for between 3 and 6 months. The form CE7 is to be used for importing goods up to a value of USD 2.000, above this amount form CE20 is to be used.

Standard VAT rate: 16%

Imports must use certain ports (information available from Zambian importers).

Evidence of conformity (PVoC) is required for many groups of products and can be issued by a competent inspection company. There are no foreign currency restrictions.


Terms of payment and tenders

Transactions based on a letter of credit are recommended exclusively; documents against payment is also practised.

Tenders in English on a CIF basis are standard.


Designations of origin

There are no special origin labelling obligations. Deceptive or improper labelling of goods and samples, however, is prohibited.



When importing via Dar-es-Salaam (Tanzania) the packages must also be marked with a green cross (bars at least 30 cm). In addition to the standard markings, including “Made in …” is recommended.



Dust-proof, unbreakable packaging. No restrictions are known for hay and straw packaging.

There are labelling regulations for pre-packaged goods.


Product samples

If sample goods are recognised by the customs controller as “samples with no retail value”, they can be imported duty free.


Shipping and accompanying documents

Standard and:

a) 2 commercial invoices in English, uncertified. The information must correspond to that on the customs invoices.

b) Certificate of origin are not generally required; as the origin, indicate “Swiss” in the case of Swiss goods, or “European Union” for goods originating from UE.

c) Postal items up to 31.5 kg: 1 international dispatch note, 1 customs declaration in English, commercial invoices, 2 copies in English.

d) Bills of lading do not require certification. Order bills of lading are permitted but a notify address must be given. If the goods are imported via Dar-es-Salaam or Tanga, the order bills of lading must indicate “Zambia via Dar-es-Salaam” or “Zambia via Tanga”.



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