PLEASE NOTE: This assessment was carried out in 2009. Information will be updated as soon as possible.
Central African Republic Transporters
The Bureau d’Affrètement Routier (B.A.R.C.) is a mixed association hold by the private sector (45 %) and the government (55%). Under the Ministry of transport, the B.A.R.C. mission is to regulate the transport market, both internally and internationally. All main transport companies operating in the Central African Republic such as STI, STR, BANOS, CEFKA, ALIZE CONSTRUCTION and TEFA are members of the B.A.R.C. Altogether these companies hold a fleet of over 220 trucks with an average capacity of 35 to 45 mt per truck.
United Transport Africa (U.T.A.) is one of the very few independent transporters in the country which is not affiliated with the B.A.R.C. It has many offices in different countries within the region such as Chad, Cameroon, Gabon and other countries in West Africa. In Bangui, it operates a fleet of about 30 trucks with 45 mt capacity per truck.
Transport activities in the Central African Republic are mainly concentrated on the Douala – Bangui corridor which represents over 80% of the country’s international trade: timber, fuel and cotton. Therefore, transporters engaged in the corridor may show limited interest in the domestic transport (within the country) for the following reasons:
Most of the roads in the country are in very bad conditions. This represents some serious risks for damage on trucks. Moreover, the long transit time is another factor discouraging these transporters. Most of the roads are not accessible during the rainy season. Thus, reducing the transport activities and expected incomes. Most of the transporters operate long haul trucks with 35 - 45 mt capacity. These trucks are unfitted for the transport on dirt roads.
The prevalent insecurity conditions in some parts of the country represent potential risks of transport losses (pilferage).
There is no sustained internal trade or regular demand between the regions. Therefore there is no opportunity to optimise their transport operations. (The trucks would come back empty to their base after the delivery. This would affect the profitability of their operations). They have already engagements and long term perspectives with their current partners and activities. As a result, the trucking capacity within the country lies with small entrepreneurs.
As of December 2008, a total of 22 transporters with about 100 trucks were identified and shortlisted by the country office. Altogether, these transporters represent “theoretical” transport capacity estimated around 1,600 metric tons.
Since most of those trucks are rather old and not well maintained, the above transport capacity should be reviewed down. The repartition of trucks by extended delivery point is as follows.
The current shortlist is due to expire on 28 December 2009.
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