COVID-19 Movement Restrictions Delayed Cargo Transport in
East Africa

Movement restrictions to stem COVID-19 outbreak
delay cargo transport across East Africa

As COVID-19 has spread across the world, at least half a dozen national governments in East Africa imposed restrictions on the cross-border movement of trucks and their drivers in response. This has generally led to longer waiting times and growing truck queues at borders in recent weeks, while in some cases social unrest has further disrupted border operations. Although some countries have begun to bilaterally ease restrictions for certain nationalities or at specific border crossing points, truck driving restrictions could have far reaching consequences for cargo transport and business activities in the region if the current patchwork of restrictions persists for the foreseeable future.

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