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Rwanda Opens East Africa's First Inland Dry Port

November 19, 2018

Dubai-based DP World and the government of Rwanda just opened the US $80 million ‘inland” port, a first for East Africa.

The terminal is located only 20 kilometers from Kigali, the capital of the country, and close to Rwanda’s primary international airport. It includes an Inland Container Terminal which will remind many of conventional marine-based terminals elsewhere. It includes a container yard, a warehouse complex capable of handling 640,000 tons of goods, plus several administrative and services buildings. It is also designed to make it easy for trucks to enter, drop their containers, and head back out.

The Inland Port comes just in time, as Rwanda’s imports have risen to $215 million and exports to $270 million as of August 2018. The belief of developers is that it will help leverage and augment the region’s main marine ports in Kenya and Tanzania.

DP World, the site’s operator, was awarded a 25-year concession for operating and further developing the Inland Port.

The current opening of the Inland Port is considered only a “soft launch”. It will have its official grand opening sometime in early 2019, before the end of February.

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