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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


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


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

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 United Republic of Tanzania Customs Information

Other Relevant Information

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


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