Inland Container Depot to boost Rwanda’s manufacturing sector
Dubai Port World has been granted a 25-year concession to finance, develop and manage the
facility, which will provide warehousing, truck parking, a container yard and other auxiliary
According to Dubai Port, the first phase of the Inland Container Depot, at the Kigali Logistics
Platform, is set to be complete in 18 months’ time, raising hopes that it will contribute to the
ease of doing business in the country.
When completed, analysts are optimistic the dry port, which is linked to both the Northern and
Central Corridors, will allow Rwandan importers and exporters to consolidate volumes of cargo.
“There are cases where off-loading containers takes almost a whole week, forcing truckers to
make only two trips per month. But with the new infrastructure, the trucks will do as many as five
trips per month. This will reduce transport costs and increase profit for businesses,” said
Minister of Trade and Industries Francois Kanimba.
Truck drivers complain about the long waiting time when in Rwanda, despite the implementation
of the East African Community Single Customs Territory resulting in a seamless flow of goods
within the region.
“There are times we wait for more than 20 hours before being allowed into the city, which adds
to operational costs. For instance, trucks are only allowed into Kigali to pick up or drop off
containers at night,” said Robert Kyembula, a long distance truck driver.
To avoid traffic jams within the Kigali Central Business District, city authorities only allow cargo
trucks into the city between 9pm and 5am.
There are hopes that when completed, the Inland Container Depot will boost the country’s
The underdeveloped logistics industry is not only a challenge in Rwanda but in many other sub-
Saharan African countries as well.
“The Kigali Logistics Platform will be the first of its kind, a logistics hub developed under a
private-public partnership, and will help provide the economies of scale required to reduce costs
not just for Rwanda but also for Burundi, eastern DR Congo and possibly parts of Uganda.
“The confidence shown by DP World, which operates over 65 terminals across the world and
has over 36,000 employees, in investing in Rwanda reflects the confidence being shown by
investors in our country,” said Mr Namara.