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Trade facilitation, transport costs and the price of trucking services in East Africa


  • Eberhard-Ruiz, Andreas
  • Calabrese, Linda


We examine how increased trade facilitation affects the price for trucking services in East Africa. Using a combination of qualitative and quantitative data from primary and secondary sources we are able to provide a detailed account of the market structure of trucking services on a key trading route between Mombasa and Kampala, which is used by importers and exporters across the region. We find that trucking services on this route are provided on a competitive basis and that increased trade facilitation would lead to significantly lower transport prices. In total, we estimate that transport prices could fall by as much as 30% from their current levels through a combination of trade facilitation measures that reduce transit time and transit cost to a minimum.

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  • Eberhard-Ruiz, Andreas & Calabrese, Linda, 2018. "Trade facilitation, transport costs and the price of trucking services in East Africa," MPRA Paper 87150, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:87150

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    trade facilitation; transport corridors; East African Community; trucking;

    JEL classification:

    • F14 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Empirical Studies of Trade
    • L92 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Railroads and Other Surface Transportation
    • R41 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics - - - Transportation: Demand, Supply, and Congestion; Travel Time; Safety and Accidents; Transportation Noise


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