B.E. Assessment

Border Posts, Checkpoints, and Intra-African Trade: Challenges and Solutions, AfDB, 2012

    The authors argue that few trade facilitation initiatives have successfully addressed building and operating efficient border posts and customs procedures, and hence improved the processes of moving goods and services across national boundaries.

    The paper explores the extent to which inefficient border posts and checkpoints in many African countries are contributing to low intraregional trade activity. The paper finds that improving and harmonizing customs procedures as well as addressing corruption and other illicit practices that take place at checkpoints can significantly reduce the cost of trade and increase government revenues.(potentially by up to 25 percent)

    Recommendations are provided on how to promote harmonized and integrated border management systems through the creation of a One-Stop Border Posts or Joint Border Posts.