South Africa | Geneva
IRU pledges to cut the cost and time of trade in Southern Africa
IRU pledges to cut the cost and time of trade in Southern Africa On the sidelines of the World Congress held in Muscat, IRU signed a memorandum of understanding with South Africa’s Cross-Border Road Transport Agency (C-BRTA), to reduce barriers to trade in Southern Africa.
13 Nov 2018
India | Bangalore
The changing logistics industry: Africa, India and the Middle East
Alagu Balaraman, Partner and Managing Director of Indian Operations at CGN Global, highlights the critical drivers of change in logistics. He warns the industry to stay ahead of the curve so not to lose out on the opportunities.
4 Oct 2018
Africa | Johannesburg
No more running on empty
No more running on empty How a smart, connected platform assists trade, integration and the environment. CEO of EmptyTrips, Benji Coetzee, talks about how her digital company tackles the issue of empty trucks and wasted journeys on South Africa’s roads. From humble beginnings and with vast ambitions, this first online transport marketplace connecting transporters, brokers and shippers is a game-changer in the logistics and goods transport business.
19 Jul 2018
Africa | Geneva
Bringing road transport up to speed
Bringing road transport up to speed Will Petty, leading IRU’s work to professionalise the road transport sector in Africa, looks at the wide-reaching benefits of safer, more efficient, more sustainable road transport services as a means to drive economies in the right direction.
13 Jul 2018
Africa | Nairobi
IRU World Congress regional takeaways: East Africa
IRU World Congress regional takeaways: East Africa In the run-up to the IRU World Congress, we talk to FEAFFA’s John Mathenge and Wanja Kiragu from the East Africa Online Transport Agency, to hear about their expectations for the event and how it might benefit their members and the wider road transport industry of the East African region.
28 Jun 2018
Africa | Cotonou
IRU pushes for greater transit efficiency in West and Central Africa region
IRU organised a workshop with the World Customs Organization, Africa Transport Policy Programme (hosted by the World Bank), and the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor Organisation, gathering representatives from the public and private sectors in Cotonou, Benin, to discuss efficient and effective transit regimes for the region.
27 Apr 2018
South Africa | Geneva
South Africa maps the road to TIR
South Africa maps the road to TIR South African government representatives are meeting with IRU this week to establish a concrete roadmap for implementing TIR to boost the efficiency of international road transport in Southern Africa, and to put in place modern frameworks for regulating access to the regional transport market.
6 Apr 2018
Africa | Harare
New customs sealing regulations hit Zimbabwe trade
The implementation of new regulations on national customs seals in Zimbabwe is causing significant and costly delays at borders, with trucks waiting for up to five days. A multilateral, mutual recognition transit system would avoid the need for restrictive national procedures.
20 Sep 2017
Africa | Kigali
TIR tipped to spur business growth in Rwanda
A workshop in Rwanda, devoted to the operational aspects of TIR, has highlighted the potential of the system to boost trade facilitation in the region by removing current barriers to the seamless movement of goods across the country’s borders.
7 Jun 2017
Africa | Marrakech
World Bank/IRU Guide on road transport reform at Africa Transport Policy Program annual meeting
The Africa Transport Policy Program (SSATP) annual meeting took place in Marrakesh last week, offering a significant platform for the World Bank/IRU Guide to road transport services reform. IRU’s lead in Africa, William Petty, presented the Guide, reinforcing its utility within the context of SSATP’s mission to promote safe, reliable, and cost-effective transport in Africa.
27 Feb 2017
Africa | Kampala
IRU workshop in Uganda signals new milestone for TIR expansion in Africa
Part of IRU’s wider mission across Africa to support governments and the private sector to reduce the costs of trade and transport, the workshop held in Kampala this week represents the next milestone towards ratification of the TIR Convention by countries including Kenya, Namibia, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia.
2 Feb 2017
Africa | Algiers
TIR is the solution to trade challenges of the Maghreb and sub-Saharan Africa
TIR has been recognised as key to revitalising the Trans-Sahara trade corridor – a flagship project to improve the 9,500 kilometer road network from Algiers to Nigeria via Tunisia, Mali, Niger and Chad – which is intended to stimulate very weak trade between the Maghreb and sub-Saharan Africa. With sponsors including the Islamic Development Bank, the Trans-Sahara Highway project promises to unlock trade potential by improving infrastructure and easing border formalities.