Rwanda to set up first dry port in Kigali

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Rwanda to set up first dry port in Kigali

The first dry port will come up in the outskirts of Kigali that would facilitate import and export and reduce the cost of goods transportation considerably.

The  Minister of trade and industry  François Kanimba has said the  government is  planning  to  set  up a dry  port to  help  ease trade mainly  the  cross border trade.

Kanimba explained that the  dry  port will be established  in  the  outskirts  of Kigali  and will  provide  enough parking lot  for trucks  and  stores for goods, something that will  reduce costs  incurred by traders  mainly in transport.

“This will reduce costs mainly of traders that are engaged in cross border trade,” the Minister said

Accordingly, trucks will be able to park and offload goods while those goods still under the customs bond will be stored while the port will also handle offices for clearing agents, bringing all logistical services under one roof.

“This is  in the government efforts   to  make Rwanda a regional  logistical  hub  and also  facilitate  trade to help  us  achieve our vision 2020  of  becoming a middle income  economy,” he added

The Minister said that the port will also  address the current  challenges  of delay  by  trucks as they clear goods,  a  non-tariff barrier has been  crippling the  growth of  the cross border.

“We have been waiting for all the procedures and have goods offloaded to go back to the port, so you find you cannot make enough money,” Theodore Murenzi, executive Secretary of Rwanda Long distance truckers Association said

The  Minister further noted that   the  government   is also   looking at  putting up  bonded ware houses  in Rusizi and Rubavu  districts  for the   Congo    market,  a  thing he  says will help   manufacturing to   store their goods as they  wait  clearance for exportation.

The country  is keen to   boost   export receipts  mainly   through  promoting  value   addition of agro  processed goods, minerals,  manufactured goods  to help  offset the  widening trade   deficit is  due to  high  import bill.

To   fasten the  initiative, the  government embarked on the creation of the  industrial zones and  identifying  the current    bottlenecks  hampering  industrial sector that is need to  contribute  over 26 percent  to  GDP  by 2020.

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