6.7 The East African logistics chain

The report identifies significant improvements in East African logistics during the period 2011 and 2012.

Cargo dwell times at the ports of Mombasa and Dar es Salaam are down, but remain well in excess of international standards. The report points to the important role of a range of public and private sector entities, additional to the ports authorities, in the goods clearance process.

The efficiency of the Northern and Southern transport corridors has increased slightly, largely as a result of road infrastructure improvements and reductions in non-tariff barriers. However, average truck-turnaround times remain far longer than industry standards, with road traffic impeded by numerous checkpoints and urban congestion. Inadequate rail systems are unable to relieve the road sector.

Border crossing times are significantly reduced, but further improvements are hampered by the lack of harmonised crossborder laws and regulations. Information and communications technology facilities are unable to support information sharing and more advanced clearance procedures.

Issuing body: Shippers Council of Eastern Africa
Type: Report
Status: Final
The East Africa logistics performance survey 2012. Cost, time and complexity of the East African logistics chain
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File size: 887.06 KB
Year of publication: 2013
Number of pages: 45