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KIGALI, Rwanda: November 14, 2018. DP World and the Rwandan government have opened East Africa’s first Inland Dry Port, 20 kilometers from the capital city Kigali and close to the international airport.

Kigali RwandaThe US$35 million, 13 hectares facility features an Inland Container Terminal with modern warehousing capacity, a container yard and administrative and services buildings.

Rwanda is working closely with Tanzania on a new standard gauge railway from Dar es Salaam to Kigali (pictured) that will add a direct rail corridor to the two existing road routes, further improving connectivity for containers and bulk goods.

The cost of shipping a 20-foot container from Shanghai to Mombasa varies from US$500 to US$1,000. The cost of moving the same container from Mombasa to Kigali can go as high as US$4,000. DP World says its new Inland Port is designed to help reduce transit costs to Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and the DRC, a growing region of over 40 million people.

The company says it is also establishing a road transport­ solution that will allow clients to fully outsource their end-to-end logistics needs, including international shipments, clearances, repacking and final deliveries.

In 2016, DP World was granted a 25-year concession to develop the Inland Port that has an annual capacity of 50,000 TEUs and 640,000 tonnes of warehousing space.

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