Customs Capacity Building in Eastern and Southern Africa

Interview with Ms. Maggie Tladi - Customs and Trade Facilitation Expert with TradeMark Southern Africa.

Ms. Tladi speaks on TMSA's collaboration with the World Customs Organisation (WCO) East and Southern Africa (ESA) Region Office for Capacity Building (ROCB). TMSA and the WCO ESA ROCB Office are collaborating to improve customs capacity in the region in three main areas, namely:

(1) support to countries to accede to the Revised Kyoto Convention;

Tripartite Transport Corridors e-GIS and Interactive Map

TradeMark Southern Africa have pioneered the development of a powerful, online portal for the dissemination of geospatial, and other information related to transport corridors and infrastructure development, in Africa's COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Region.

Use of this portal is free, and open: interested users can simply visit the Tripartite Corridors eGIS at

TMSA Launches North-South Corridor and Border Post Performance Monitoring System

The monitoring, of corridors and border posts in Africa has been taken to a new new level with the launch of the North-South Corridor Monitoring System. This system, developed by TradeMark Southern Africa (TMSA), creates meaningful supply chain intelligence from raw GPS tracking data, sourced from participating regional transport companies.

Infrastructure Development in Africa - Round Table Discussion

This video features extracts from Round Table discussions at the SADC Regional Infrastructure Investment Conference (RIIC 2013) which took place on 27 June 2013.

Interview Ricardo Saad - Vale Mozambique

TMSA Interviews Mr. Ricardo Saad from mining giant Vale at the SADC Regional Infrastructure Investment Conference which took place from 26 - 28 June 2013 in Maputo, Mozambique. Mr. Saad speaks on the Nacala Logistics Corridor Development Project. The Nacala Logistics Corridor will connect some of the world's richest coal deposits at Moatize in the Tete Province of Mozambique to the Port of Nacala, with a transport capacity of 18 million metric tonnes of coal per year.

Interview: Ebrima Faal - Regional Director of African Development Bank (AfDB)

TMSA Interviews Mr. Ebrima Faal - Regional Director of African Development Bank (AfDB), at the SADC Regional Infrastructure Investment Conference, which took place from 26 - 28 June 2013 in Maputo Mozambique. Mr. Faal speaks on innovative financing solutions for infrastructure development in Africa.

Interview: Mr. Remigious Makumbe - Director of Infrastructure & Services, SADC

Interview with Mr. Remigious Makumbe, Director of Infrastructure & Services, the Southern African Development Community (SADC), at the SADC Regional Infrastructure Investment Conference (RIIC) 2013 - Maputo, Mozambique. Mr. Makumbe discusses the the SADC Regional Infrastructure Development Master Plan (SADC RIDMP) priorities - specifically Power / Energy and Transport Corridors as well as cooperation between SADC and the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite on infrastructure development.

Evidence based evaluation of border post interventions

In this video, Wim van Schalkwyk (TradeMark Southern Africa) explores the importance of evidence based evaluation of trade facilitation interventions in Africa - including the need for regular data to explore trends.  He discusses TMSA's dual approach to border post monitoring - including monitoring studies as well as GPS data, using Chirundu One Stop Border Post as an example.  

The private sector is invited to become involved in increasing the scope of GPS data used to monitor border post and corridor performance.  

Standardisation of load limits and harmonisation of overload control systems

Vehicle Overload Control (VOC) must strike a fine balance between road infrastructure maintenance and use. Mike Pinard (MD - Infra Africa Consultants, Botswana) discusses the East Africa Community (EAC) Vehicle Overload Control Act and its implications for the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite region at the Africa Road Transport Forum 2013.

Public and Private Sector Working Together to Resolve Non-Tariff Barriers

"The private sector also has an important role to play in resolving the common non-tariff barriers (NTBs) that negatively affect intra and inter African trade," said Vonesai Hove, NTB expert at Trademark Southern Africa (TMSA).

Speaking at the second annual Africa Road Transport Forum on 17 - 18 April 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa, Hove introduced a new sms reporting tool that gives a voice to private sector traders, transporters and freight forwarders in the region to enable them to play a more active role in logging and resolving common NTBs.


Early Closure of TMSA Programme: The Secretary of State of the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) has decided to terminate its financial contribution to TradeMark Southern Africa (TMSA), as announced on 4 December 2013. As DFID is the sole financier of the TMSA programme of support to the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite, TMSA will officially be closed from 17 March 2014 instead of 31 October 2014. For more information about the TMSA closure, and for a summary of some of the more notable successes of the Tripartite achieved with TMSA support, please click here