Due to the increase of the insecurity in this area since the past months (presence of terrorist groups with risk of ambush and kidnapping), a field visit of this border has not been carried out. (November 2021)
The border between Burkina Faso and Niger is approximately 600 kilometers long with main crossing points at Kantchari and Seytenga. Kantchari is located on the Ouagadougou-Niamey Road and is a waypoint for most of Niger’s imports, especially those arriving via the main ports of West Africa: Accra, Lomé and Abidjan. The road to Kantchari is increasingly targeted by terrorist attacks during the last months therefore the security has become a top priority of border management.
Border Crossing Location and Contact
Name of Border Crossing
Burkina Faso: Kantchari
Province or District
Tapoa province / Région de l’Est
Nearest Town or City with Distance from Border Crossing
Fada-Ngourma (152 km via N4)
Managing Authority / Agency
Direction Générale des Douanes (DGC)
Direction Régionale des Douanes de l’Est
Nearest International Airport
Niamey Airport (148 km)
Truck Travel Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Car Travel time: 3 hours
Port Autonome de Cotonou (895 km)
Truck Travel Time: 24 hours
Car Travel time: 16 hours
Nearest location with functioning wholesale markets, or with significant manufacturing or production capacity
Fada-Ngourma – 152 KM via N4
Truck Travel Time: 5H
Car Travel time: 3H00
The road was not assessed due to the increase of the insecurity in this area since the past months (presence of terrorist groups with risk of ambush and kidnapping).
Feedback from transporters is a road very damaged with plenty of potholes.
Hours of Operation
Monday to Sunday
Cargo: from 6.30 am to 6 pm
Current customs policies apply to Kantchari ’s border. From Kantchari to Ouagadougou, there are several points of control managed by the Brigade Mobile with the aim of ensuring all released trucks will reach Ouagadougou without changing their original itinerary. In addition, Customs fits each released truck with an electronic transit tracking system provided by COTRACK (service managed by Cotecna) and a police escort is assigned with a truck carrying sensitive goods such as weapons, medicine or chemical products.
For more information on customs in Burkina Faso, please see the following link: 1.3 Customs Information.
Other Relevant Information
Bon de Chargement issued by CBC representative at port of entry to authorize loading of goods by transporters and free of charge. However, a penalty of 200 000 CFA is applied if the truck does not show this document when arriving at border level. This document is implemented in all the corridors since December 2020 and applies only for exported goods and imported goods with destination in Burkina Faso.
BSTR – Bordereau de Suivi du Trafic Routier – issued at port of entry or at border level, this document applies for both imported /exported goods in transit by road and charged 2500 CFA per truck. In Accra, CBC is not represented therefore this document is free of charge at Dakola’s border.
BSTT – Bordereau de Suivi du Trafic en Transit – only issued at border level for goods in transit and charged 2500 CFA per truck.
BSVN – Bordereau de Suivi de Véhicule Neuf - issued for new or used vehicle in transit or with destination in Burkina Faso and charged 2500 CFA per vehicle.
Fond de Garantie paid at border level and represents 0.25% of the total CAF value of goods.
Demande de Travail Rénuméré issued by the CCI and filled by the Customs
DDU – Document Douanier Unique – composed of two types of documents:
Passage Magasin Sous Douane for goods cleared for home used and charged 1050 CFA per ton.
Déclaration Sommaire ou Etat de Chargement (Cargo Status).
(Direction Générale des Protections Végétales)
Based on samples, DGPV agents are in charge to perform visual /olfactory controls and testing of food/vegetable products. Once completed, an inspection report is delivered then the amount to be paid is calculated according to the volume and type of good.
Reference documents with scale of price are:
For more information on government contact details, please see the following link: 4.1 Government Contact List.
All Photos: WFP/NB