Border Crossing Rules and Regulations

It is important for trucker owners and their drivers to be acquainted with the rules and regulation governing cross border or transit transportation. This is important since countries have different requirements (e.g. axle load limits) for trucks domiciled to them.
Some of the general rules and regulations applicable to transit transportation are listed below. Other that are more specific will be given country by country below this.

  • A vehicle entering a foreign country shall comply with certain regulations of the foreign country, but also will be allowed to operate under certain regulations applicable to the country of registration
  • The vehicle shall have and display a valid certificate of fitness/inspection from the country of registration
  • The vehicle shall be licensed in the country of registration
  • The vehicle shall carry a road transport permit, covering the movement of goods being undertaken. The permit shall be valid and be available for production to the enforcement agencies in all countries.
  • The vehicle shall carry the receipt for the payment of the transit road user charges in the foreign country. The receipt shall be valid and be available for production to the enforcement agencies.

The vehicle shall comply with the axle load limits of the foreign country. As a rule of thumb, COMESA, EAC and SADC have agreed on the following limits:

Axle Type

Load Limit (in KGs)

Front Axle

8,000.00

Single Axle with Dual Tires

10,000.00

Tandem Axle Unit with Dual Tires

18,000.00

Tridem Axle Unit with Dual Tires

24,000.00

Gross Combination Mass (GCM)

56,000.00

 

Allowances

Limits (in %)

Weighbridge Allowance on Axles

5%

Weighbridge Allowance on gvm/gcm

5%

Note: These limits have been ratified by most countries in SADC and COMESA. EAC countries have not ratified them.

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