Trading across Borders in


Below is a detailed summary of the time and cost associated with the logistical process of exporting and importing goods. Under the new methodology introduced this year, Doing Business measures the time and cost (excluding tariffs) associated with three sets of procedures—documentary compliance, border compliance and domestic transport—within the overall process of exporting or importing a shipment of goods. In addition, the list of documents needed to trade internationally is provided below.

This information was collected as part of the Doing Business project, which measures and compares regulations relevant to the life cycle of a small- to medium-sized domestic business in 190 economies. The most recent round of data collection was completed in June 2016.

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Characteristics Export Import
Product HS 74 : Copper and articles thereof HS 8708: Parts and accessories of motor vehicles
Trade partner Switzerland South Africa
Border Chirundu border crossing Chirundu border crossing
Distance (km) 137 137
Domestic transport time (hours) 7 7
Domestic transport cost (USD) 283 325
Export documents
Bill of lading
EUR 1 - Certificate of origin
Certificate of origin
Commercial invoice
Customs Export Declaration (CE20 Form)
Transit entry documents (South Africa & Zimbabwe)
Road manifest
Import documents
Bill of lading
Commercial invoice
Customs Import Declaration (CE 20 Declaration)
Packing list
Road manifest
Transit documents
Proof of payment of customs fees and duties
Release order