One Stop Border Post Procedures for Chirundu Border Post

These procedures for Chirundu OSBP are presented in two sections:

  1. Overview of operations; and
  2. Detailed description of procedures.

The objective of a One Stop Border Post (OSBP) is to enhance trade facilitation by reducing the number of stops incurred in a cross border trade transaction by combining the activities of both countries’ border organizations at a single location with simplified procedures and joint processing and inspections, where feasible. It is also designed to reduce on the time taken to clear passengers at the border.

There are three legal documents that govern the operation of the Chirundu OSBP:

  • the Zimbabwe One Stop Border Posts Control Act, No. 21 of 2007;
  • the Zambia One Stop Border Control Act. No. 8 of 2009; and
  • the Bilateral Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Zambia and Government of the Republic of Zimbabwe concerning the Establishment and Implementation of a One Stop Border Post at Chirundu.

Enabling Acts: The two Acts of Parliament give border control officers the authority to carry out their national controls throughout the common control zone. Zimbabwe officers are allowed to carry out controls on the Zambian side of the common control zone and vice versa. It also allows hosting arrangements for those foreign officials.

Agreement for Chirundu: The Bilateral Agreement covers issues regarding the operations at Chirundu Border Post. Article 2.2 of the Bilateral Agreement defines the objective of the Agreement as being “to enhance trade facilitation throu

November 2010


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