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Overview

Baidu border crossing is an international crossing between Sierra Leone and Liberia. The following services have their agents at the post:

  • Health
  • Customs
  • Immigration
  • Security
  • Police
  • Army
  • Interpol
  • Intelligence

BORDER CROSSING LOCATION & CONTACT

Name of Border Crossing:

 

Baidu [Sierra Leone]

Mendekoma [Liberia]

Province or District:

Kailahun

Nearest Town or City:
(Nearest location with distance from port)

Koindu
Distance: 15 km

Latitude:

8.4715

Longitude:

-10.27694

Managing Authority/Agency:

NRA

Contact Person

Mohammad Duckry, Collector, Tel. +23278628965

Mr Ansumana Borbor, Public Health Aide, Port Health Office Baidu tel. +2327755628

Travel Times

Nearest International Airport:

Lungi International Airport

Distance: 515 km

Truck: 2 days

Car: 8 hours

Nearest Port:

Freetown Port

Distance: 455 km

Truck: 2 days

Car: 8 hours

Nearest Major Market:
(Nearest location with functioning wholesale markets,
or with significant manufacturing or production capacity.)

Kenema

Distance: 165 km

Truck: 6

Car: 3

Other Information:
(Please provide additional details of this route if relevant,
such as information about whether there are fueling stations or weighing bridges en-route.)  

 No fueling station available nor weighing bridges. 

Hours of Operation

MONDAYS

0800 - 1800

TUESDAYS

0800 - 1800

WEDNESDAYS

0800 - 1800

THURSDAYS

0800 - 1800

FRIDAYS

0800 - 1800

SATURDAYS

0800 - 1800

SUNDAYS

0800 - 1800

NATIONAL HOLIDAYS:
(List dates of closure and hours of operation if different from regular schedule.)

0800 - 1800

SEASONAL CONSTRAINTS:
(i.e., winter months, rainy season, etc.)

The rainy season affects the accessibility to the post from the Sierra Leone side.

Daily Capacity

In average 10 persons per day pass the border. One 8-wheeled truck loaded with fish from Freetown passes by every month (dry and rainy season) to sell the fish at Foya market. The Foya market opens on Saturdays while the Koindu market opens on Thursdays. Saturdays are the busiest day of the week as a van (with 6 wheels) does the trip between the two towns carrying passengers and goods. 

Customs Clearance

There is a custom office at the border point with a computer to issue the relevant documents. Unfortunately, there is no electricity available at the post so all the documents are hand written. Inspections are carried out on the cargoes to verify their content and quantity in conformity with the manifest.   

Other Relevant Information

There is no electricity at the border post and no fuel for the generator, which also needs maintenance. The water system is poor and the drinking water pump is damaged. The nearest health facility is in Koindu. 

 

 


For more information, please see the following link: 4.1 Sierra Leone Government Contact List