Incentives for cross border traders

  1. Trade facilitation: a mechanism used to ensure the smooth flow of imports and exports;
  2. Free cross border trading information on various products/businesses through Trade Information Desk Officer
  3. Eligibility of duty-free goods, originating from within the region
  4. Use of the Simplified Trade Regime (STR)
  5. Cross Border Permit
  6. Participation in national and international value/supply chains
  7. Participation in women focused programs

Facilities at border posts which women in business can utilize

Two Zambian border posts have facilities (namely, toilets and shower rooms) which women in business can utilize. These two (2) border posts are:

  1. Mukambo Border Post; and
  2. Kasumbalesa Border Post
 

COMESA developed the Simplified Trade Regime (STR), which was launched in 2010 in recognition of the  importance of cross border trade in the region. The STR aims to formalize informal cross border trade (ICBT) by putting in place mechanisms tailored to the trading requirements of small-scale traders based around border areas.

The STR targets small-scale traders importing and/or exporting goods worth US$ 2,000 or less, which are on the common list of eligible products negotiated and agreed by the two neighboring countries.
angle-left Cross Border Traders Association (CBTA)

The Cross Border Traders Association (CBTA) is a membership-based organization with about 37,000 members. This association was formed in Zambia in 1999 through the initiative of cross border traders who needed a uniform voice to advocate the removal of trade barriers and promoting a Traders’ Charter. Under the COMESA umbrella, national CBTA Chapters have been formed in other countries such as Malawi, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Congo, Burundi and Kenya.

CBTA has since built working relationships with the Zambian government to implement the Simplified Trade Regime using the Trade Information Desks to complement trade facilitation mechanisms based on bilateral agreements. CBTA offers advice to women and youth entrepreneurs through referral mechanisms to the respective service providers such as Zambia Compulsory Standard Agency (ZCSA) and Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS). This is to ensure that their products meet export quality and standards. 

Services for the benefit of women in business

1. National CBTA Gender Committee provides project support for women and youth in business at branch level (e.g. advice on how to run a business).

2. Women cooperatives connect women through networking to encourage practices like saving for their businesses to expand their working capital.

3. Financial literacy is offered to women and youth entrepreneurs in collaboration with some commercial banks and micro-finance institutions.


BRANCHES

The Cross Border Traders Association (CBTA) has 19 branches namely:
 

 

Contact Persons

Branch

Phone #  

Email

1

Banda Christopher

Mokambo

0954015588

mokambocbta@gmail.com

2

Mulenga Kapika

Chirundu

0977463364

cbtachirundu@gmail.com

3

Angela Tembo

Luangwa

0977812441

luangwacbta@gmail.com, temboangii@gmail.com

4

Raphael Chingeleshi

Kasumbalesa

0979411252

raphaelchingeleshi@gmail.com

5

Aaron Daka

Kazungula

0977143474

cbtakazungula@gmail.com

6

Jonas Chansa

Livingstone

0969148161

cbtalivingstone@gmail.com, jonaschansa@yahoo.com

7

Michael Kanyanya

Nakonde

0977279865

Nakondecbta01@gmail.com

8

Agaton Zulu

Chipata

0978986863

cbtachipata@gmail.com

9

Winston Kambenza

Mansa

 

mansacbta@gmail.com

10

Esnely kayungwa

Kariba

0977753278

karibacbta@gmail.com

11

Rodgers Kapika

Lusaka A

0977660389

lusakaacbta@gmail.com

12

Evans Kasanga

Lusaka B

0974266665

lusakabcbta@gmail.com

13

Maggie Chulu

Kabwe

 

Maggiechulu5@gmail.com

14

Ireen Phiri

Kitwe

0964638762

Ireenkaren2000@gmail.com

15

Henry Malichi

Solwezi

0966567626

hemalimalichi@yahoo.com

16

Ngosa Mfula

Kipushi

0960248333

mfulangosa@gmail.com

17

Stella Nakaundi

Mpulungu

0977462215

 

18

Kenneth Kaputula

Mpongwe

0961135185

Kennethkaputula1967@gmail.com

19

Maureen Nkhuwa

Luanshya

0977922397

nkhuwamaureen74@gmail.com

 

EXISTING OPPORTUNITIES FOR CROSS BORDER TRADERS

1.    Market linkages for both export and import;
2.    Agro-processing and packaging (in readiness for export);
3.    Product development;
4.    Improving productive capacities; and
5.    Initiation of trade facilities such as cold rooms, warehouse and amenities. 


EVENTS ORGANIZED BY THE CBTA

1.    Participation during International Women’s Day
2.    Business training workshops covering topics like book keeping, record keeping, business registration, Tax Personal Identification Number (TPIN) and importance of CBTA membership


CONTACT INFORMATION

The Chairman General
Mr. Goodson Mbewe
Cross Border Traders Association
Ben Bella Road, Lusaka
COMESA Secretariat
2nd Floor, the Banking Hall, Room 3
Mobile: +260 967 744507
             +260 977 744507
Email: cbtanec@gmail.com
           chikumbeonly@gmail.com

Facebook: Cross Border Traders Association - Zambia

 

Chirundu (Zambia/Zimbabwe)
Trade Information Officer
Mr. Rabson Tembo
Chirundu Border Post
Chirundu, Zambia
Mobile: +260 973843489
Email: rabbtembo@yahoo.com

 

Mwami (Zambia/Malawi)
Trade Information Officer
Ms. Elizabeth Mwanza
Mwami Border Post
Mwami/Chipata, Zambia
Mobile: +260 976 663076
Email: elizabethmwanza2013@gmail.com