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The commercial transport in Guinea can be divided to 4 categories. At the top, there are the companies that transport primarily for the account of mining companies and oil distribution companies, which require top quality service and reliability. Then come the SME transporters who either have a direct contract with a freight forwarding company or are sub-contracted by larger firms in the first category. These companies are managed in a good manner and offer above average quality of service. These SMEs are still confronted with the practices of third and fourth category of carriers in the market which disrupt the price level and the overloading. The third category is that of carriers with low management capacity, have recourse to the transporters associations or unions that monopolize the market share and offer cargo to their members. This is especially the case at the Port of Conakry and in different public markets. The rates charged are not negotiable; a commission is retained and the share collected by the carrier cover barely for the transportation costs. This encourages the practice of overloading since there aren’t any weighing bridge in the country. At the bottom of the scale are those called commonly "the banabanas" or marginal carriers that do not accept the affiliation and the system set up by the trade union and l’Union des Transporteurs Routiers de Guinée  (UNTRG) and prefer to use less expensive brokers. These carriers are poorly paid, use equipment in very poor condition and offer poor service. The last two categories compose more than 60% of the total trucking capacity in the country.

l’Union des Transporteurs Routiers de Guinée or (UNTRG) is the main transport union in the country.

The number of trucks in the country is sufficient for the local market. It is important to note that some transporters might not accept to operate on certain routes during the rainy season. 

For information on transporters and their fleet capacity please see the following link: 4.8 Guinea Transporter Contact List

 

UMS

 

Number of Vehicles

Capacity per Vehicle

Condition

Pickups

24

200 L

Good

Small 4x4 Trucks

7

4 mt

Good

Normal 4x2 Trucks

75

N/A

Good

6x6 & 6x4 Trucks

118

N/A

Good

HFO Tankers

46

N/A

Good

LFO Tankers

32

N/A

Good

20’ Trailers

40

N/A

Good

40’ Trailers

52

N/A

Good

Tipper Truck

22

32 m3

Good

Clip on Refer Generator

1

N/A

Good

Low Bed Truck (hydraulic)

1

120 mt

Good

Low Bed Truck

1

80 mt

Good

Low Bed Truck

1

60 mt

Good

Low Bed Truck

2

50 mt

Good

Low Bed Truck

3

40 mt

Good

Low Bed Truck

5

35 mt

Good

Low Bed Truck

1

27 mt

Good

Total Capacity

This is an illustration of the UMS capacity.

 

T.T.M

 

Number of Vehicles

Capacity per Vehicle

Condition

Pickups

16

200 L

Good

Ambulance

1

N/A

Good

Tipper Truck 6x4

2

14 m3

Good

Tipper Truck 6x4

4

25 m3

Good

Tipper Truck 6x4

4

45 m3

Good

Tipper Truck 8x4

4

20 m3

Good

Tipper Truck 8x4

12

24 m3

Good

Tipper Truck 8x6

2

20 m3

Good

Tipper Truck 8x4

6

20 m3

Good

Tanker Oil

2

20,000 L

Good

Tanker Oil

2

6,000 L

Good

Truck/ Trailer 4x2

37

N/A

Good

Truck/ Trailer 6x4

27

N/A

Good

Truck with Forklift

1

5 mt

Good

Truck with Forklift

1

7.5 mt

Good

Truck with Forklift

1

12 mt

Good

Total Capacity

This is an illustration of T.T.M's capacity