Dubai-based port operator, DP World has started the first phase of the US$35m inland container logistics centre in Kigali Rwanda. The logistics centres acts is an inland terminal, connected by road to the port of Mombasa. The logistics centre will provide handling, temporary storage, inspection and customs clearance for international trade.
For Africa’s numerous landlocked countries (the highest of any continent), the lead times are significantly longer. The facility is estimated to have an annual capacity of 50,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) and will reduce travel time from 20 days to 10 days. Rwanda is part of the Northern Trade Corridor, with the port of Mombasa as the major seaport. It is estimated that the cost of transporting goods in Africa is 60%-70% higher than in the US and Europe.