(Business in Cameroon) - On February 26-27, 2018, in Bangui, transporters in Cameroon and Central African port and customs authorities met to discuss the problems encountered by Central African operators in Douala port and on the Douala-Bangui corridor. This was announced by a central African media
On this corridor, about 90% of the freight is transported by Cameroonians. According to Central Africa, this represents a violation of the law which stipulates that 65% of the goods should be transported by Central African transporters.
“Normally, from Douala Port to Bangui, only two checkpoints should be installed. However, there is more than fifty. So, these additional checkpoints generate costs that affect the selling price in Central Africa”, Bertrand Ngougnon, chairman of central African transporters’ council, lamented.
Indeed, earlier in February, Cameroon’s syndicates complained about the multiple customs, police and road safety agents’ checkpoints along this corridor and Douala-Ndjamena. They also revealed that transporters had to pay between CFA1000 and CFA5000 at each checkpoint during every trip.
Based on the figures provided by the syndicalist, for a trip monthly, all the transporters pay about CFA175 billion at the checkpoints along Douala-Ndjamena corridor, every year.
Brice R. Mbodiam