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Transport and Trade Facilitation Study for the North-South Corridor Project on the Gisiza-Rubavu Road

Rwanda Transport Development Agency


The objective of this study is to assist the Republic of Rwanda in facilitating transport and trade along the border.

The corridor by addressing existing obstacles, efficiency and fluidity of trade and transport along the and the promotion of trade between Rwanda, Burundi and the DRC by the
through this corridor.

Scope of the mission

The Consultant will be guided by the following scope of study:

1. Identification of non-tariff barriers and existing and new mechanisms to eliminate them :

To identify physical and non-tariff barriers along the road corridor covering Rwanda and border posts, and propose measures to reduce or eliminate them, For the purposes of the study, the consultant will conduct information gathering at the government level (RRA, MINICOM, BNR, MINECOFIN, NISR, etc.), including surveys along the road corridor and at border posts.

Specific service levels are as follows :

Confirmation of questions to be studied

– Examine the relevance and importance of the transport and trade facilitation issues to be studied as well as their quantification and impact on transport and trade competitiveness

– Suggest other important issues, if any, for possible inclusion in the study that were omitted from the ToR,

Bond Guarantee System

– Assess the feasibility and possible modalities for implementing the COMESA regional strategy for the guarantee of the guarantee

– Assess the feasibility and possible modalities of an alternative bond guarantee for the customs transit regime along the corridore Propose proposals for possible deployment with the implementation of the OSBP

Cargo tracking system

– Evaluate approaches for the geolocation of goods in transit through the use of Radio Frequency Identification Devices (RFIDs)

– Propose the implementation of a cargo tracking system in the commercial corridors on a pilot basis for management purposes

– Propose a possible implementation and use for OSBP procedures

Risk Management

– Propose alternatives to improve customs risk management along the corridor, including appropriate techniques for systematic risk identification, measures to limit risk exposure, and implementation strategies.
international and national, in accordance with the legislation, for the
data and information collection, risk analysis and assessment, prescribing and monitoring of results in order to facilitate, improve and streamline control procedures. This should include, but not be limited to, the use of authorized economic operators on the corridor and how the effective implementation of the electronic single window will enhance the risk management component at the borders and explore possibilities for risk deployment to other border institutions as well as the determination of risk selection criteria to facilitate trade at border crossings.

– Proposal for possible deployment and use for OSBP procedures

Other issues related to corridor customs facilitation

– Assess other customs facilitation issues in the corridors, as identified in the initial phase of this paper as best practices for the new corridor.

2. Determination of time, cost and distance

The Consultant will measure the time and costs on the different sections of the corridor and the time taken to cross the border posts and provide a cumulation of the times and costs observed along the corridor, including the time taken to cross the relevant border posts. The objective is to identify bottlenecks for delays that can lead to high transport costs and recommend a mechanism to monitor the regularity of the corridor, including the possibility of introducing a transport observatory in Rwanda.

3. Promotion of the corridor and cross-border trade between corridor users/countries

The consultant will examine mechanisms and incentives to help promote the use of the Corridor and increase intra-community trade between users and especially the countries sharing the Corridor, with a view to increasing the flow of goods and road traffic on the corridor


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