Policy Framework

The implementation of the Carrier License is grounded under Article 85 (s) and Annex 1 of the Treaty which calls for the adoption of regulations and programmes for licensing of carriers engaged in transit traffic within COMESA. In addition, a Carrier License Model Act has been developed to guide the revision of national legislation (were old legislation has some provisions that prescribes a licensing criteria) which also facilitates mutual recognition and reciprocity among Member States.

Programme Description

The Carrier Licence is issued by the designated authority in a country to a transporter who is eligible to undertake transit and cross-border transport operations. The aim of the license is to enforce ease of movement of vehicles across borders through the removal of multiple road licenses and permits. Some of the benefits derived from implementation of the Carrier License include liberalisation of trucking industry, reduction of trucking costs, increased utilization of trucks and mutual recognition of nationally issued licenses. The COMESA Carrier License is implemented among Member States on a reciprocal basis.

To achieve the indicator under RISM, a Member State passes the relevant national legislation which adopts the carrier license at national level and provides the legal framework for the issuance and (reciprocal) recognition of COMESA carrier licenses.

Performance Assessment

A target of at least 8 countries to implement the Carrier License was set at the beginning of the programme, to date, *** countries have achieved the indicator.