Rwanda Bonded Warehouse Facility

As part of its vision to strengthen the transport and logistics value chain for the country, the Government of Rwanda (GoR), through the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MINICOM) wishes to develop improved trade logistics across Rwanda. Accordingly, suitable facilities have been identified to be developed being Bonded Warehouses in Rubavu and/or Rusizi.

The Project is envisaged as a modern integrated logistics facility in to be developed and operated with private sector participation under a public-private partnership (PPP) arrangement. Under the Project, the private investor will be required to design, construct, finance, operate and maintain a new facility at a site identified in Rubavu and/or Rusizi. The Project will require development of infrastructure facilities (such as storage facilities for cargo, parking facilities, repair and maintenance facilities etc.) and provision of services (such as handling of cargo, bonded and non-bonded storage, value added services etc.)

The vision for the Border Facility is for it to serve as:

  • Encourage trade by removing capacity bottlenecks and infrastructure constraints
  • Decongest the existing infrastructure at border post
  • Accelerate trade between Rwanda and neighbouring towns of DRC
  • Provide safe and secure location for storage of cargo
  • Integrate with all facilities in terms of operating procedures and flow of information

A two-phase development is proposed for the bonded facilities. Based on a detailed traffic assessment, the operational area for bonded warehouses at Rusizi and Rubavu is mentioned in the table below:

Operational Area for Bonded Warehouse Rusizi  Rubavu 
Area to be developed in Phase – I 2.3 Acres 5.2 Acres
 Area to be developed in Phase – II 0.7 Acres 2.1 Acres
Total Operational Area 3.0 Acres 7.3 Acres

The site for the bonded facility at Rusizi is about 4 kilometers from the DRC border and is part of the proposed industrial park site on a 45 acres plot of land. The site is on a hill overlooking the border post and access to site is by a two lane all weather road up the hill. The identified site for the bonded facility at Rubavu is adjacent to the main road connecting to DRC border.

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