On 18 May 2022, the Cameroonian Minister of Transport, Jean Ernest Ngallé Bibéhé, wrote to the Director General of the Autonomous Port of Douala, to suspend “immediately the payment of the weighing fee” to which importers and exporters are subjected to.
And for some reason, write these trade unionists, “the weighing system guarantees added value for transporters. Not only does it allow them to control the real costs of the cargoes that the vehicles transport, but it also allows them to invoice their services in an objective and rational manner”.
In addition to these advantages that weighing provides to transporters, the latter also maintain that the weighing system “constitutes an undeniable bulwark. For, it could be activated, on the one hand, to restrict or even prohibit access to the port platform to clandestine trucks that scour the port, and on the other hand (…) to ensure or even compel compliance with the approved floor price for the transport of goods in the hinterland and in transit’.
For the time being, the Minister of Transport has not officially reacted to this correspondence from the goods transporters. Even less so on the maintenance of the weighing fee, which continues to generate revenue for the Autonomous Port of Douala, several weeks after the prescription of its “immediate suspension”.