Tanzania, United Republic of
2.3.9 Tanzania Border Crossing of Rusumo (Rwanda)


Rusumo border point consists in a bridge crossing the Kariga river between Tanzania and Rwanda. Inaugurated in 2016, the one-stop border post houses the Customs and the Immigration offices, clearing agents and the banks in addition to the paved spacious parking lot for trucks.

Border Crossing Location and Contact

Name of Border Crossing


Province or District

Kagera district

Nearest Town or City with Distance from Border Crossing

Nyakasanza (19 km)





Managing Authority/Agency

Tanzanian Revenue Authority (TRA)

Contact Person


Travel Times

Nearest International Airport

Kilimanjaro International Airport (976 km)

Truck Travel Time:20 hrs

Car Travel time:20 hrs

Nearest Port

Port of Tanga (1195 km)

Truck Travel Time:22 hrs

Car Travel time:22 hrs

Nearest location with functioning wholesale markets, or with significant manufacturing or production capacity

Mwanza (390 km)

Truck Travel Time:8 hrs

Car Travel time:8 hrs

Other Information

Hours of Operation


24 hrs


24 hrs


24 hrs


24 hrs


24 hrs


24 hrs


24 hrs

National Holidays


Seasonal Constraints


Daily Capacity

A new bridge has been inaugurated in 2015. An 80-meter long and 10.5-meter carriage way wide structure, the Rusumo International Bridge is a two-lane road infrastructure and has a loading capacity of up to eight trucks with a total wheel-impact weight of 50 tons. The new bridge is a two-lane road infrastructure which can accommodate eight trucks at once; four from the Tanzanian and Rwandan sides respectively.

Customs Clearance

Tanzania Revenue Authority is implementing Single Customs Territory along the Central Corridor. This initiative which was launched in October 2013 was piloted first in the Northern Corridor involving Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. Following successful implementation in the Northern Corridor, the same is now rolled out onto the Central Corridor which involves Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, and Uganda. For more information, click the following link: http://www.tra.go.tz/swahili/index.php/export-procedures/102-import-procedure/326-implementation-of-eac-single-customs-territory-sct.

Usual documents are required for the custom clearance: invoice, packing list, permits, and the contract signed between the customer and the clearance agent, if any. The truck driver has to present his passport to the authority. Note that the goods could be subject to examination upon entering country. The fees vary in function of the origin, destination, and the number of axles. For small vehicles, the fees are mainly based on the longer of the journey in Tanzania.

For more information on customs in Tanzania, please see the following link: 1.3 Customs Information. 

For more information on government contactdetails, please see the following link: 4.1 Government Contact List.


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