Kasumbalesa queue now 72km long

8 Apr 2019 – by Liesl Venter (http://www.ftwonline.co.za/)

All transit traffic into Zambia has been halted with immediate effect as congestion continues to escalate at the country’s border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

According to Mike Fitzmaurice of Fesarta, the truck queue has reached the town of Chambishi, situated between Chingola and Kitwe in the Zambian Copperbelt, 72km from the Kasumbalesa border post.

“The situation is very serious and getting worse by the day,” he told FTW.

With a 72km long queue along the T3 road linking Zambia and the DRC, the Kasumbalesa border post congestion has spilt over to all of the other Zambian borderposts where all transit traffic is being denied access into the country.

“All transit traffic headed for the DRC is being stopped at all of the Zambian borderposts,” said Fitzmaurice. “They are not issuing any T1s, the documentation required to transit the country.”

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