The Challenge

Reducing the costs of transport

Transport costs in West Africa are among the highest in the world. The high costs mean that farmers and other producers get lower prices for their goods. They also make imports more expensive. High costs are caused by bribery, delays, high taxes, ineffi­cient procedures and poor infrastructure.

Borderless is tackling the problems…

Borderless partners at the USAID West Africa Trade Hub and Agribusiness and Trade Promotion projects, UEMOA and ALCO – joined by private sector partners – monitor Road Governance to address the problem of bribes and delays that occur at hundreds of checkpoints along primary trade corridors. Read the latest reports on road harassment. Contact info [at] borderlesswa [dot] com to learn more.

Borderless partners from private sector companies in Burkina Faso and Ghana are working to implement recommendations that could reduce transport costs by half on the Tema-Ouagadougou corridor. Read the study and its recommendations. Contact info [at] borderlesswa [dot] com to learn more.

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Promoting regional integration

Harmonizing the rules of trade across West Africa would decrease the costs of doing business. The ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Scheme (ETLS) is a set of rules on doing trade – but it is not being implemented uniformly across the region.

Borderless is tackling the problem…

Public and private sector stakeholders participated in an analysis of the problems affecting the implementation of the ETLS. Country-by-country studies have pointed to the solutions. Now stakeholders are working together to implement actions to make the ETLS effective. Read more about the studies here. Contact info [at] watradehub [dot] com at the USAID West Africa Trade Hub to learn more.

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Borderless is a collaboration developed by Publicis Ghana for the USAID West Africa Trade Hub and public and private sector stakeholders including ECOWAS, UEMOA, USAID, the World Bank, the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor Organization, the USAID Agribusiness and Trade Promotion and Enhanced Agribusiness and Trade Promotion projects, the USAID Economic Growth Project in Senegal (PCE), the USAID Integrated Initiatives for Economic Growth in Mali (IICEM), TransAlloman Togo, Verhad Trucking and Haulage Ltd. in Ghana and with support from the the Governments of Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo.


Borderless fosters change by bringing to light trade inefficiencies throughout the region. Through the work if its partners, research is underway to find what are the most paralyzing obstacles to producers, traders, buyers and investors. The findings are published and the data is used to pressure decision makers to change policy to help develop their economies.


The Borderless Alliance uses an evidence-based, action-driven and private sector-oriented approach to advocacy; using extensive and credible technical reports and observations by its partners, it provides a platform for the private sector to voice its concerns and collaborate with decision-makers on finding solutions to common problems, as well as encouraging decision makers to take action where it is required; hence, bottlenecks would be resolved, trade flows increase and costs decrease, to the benefit of all stakeholders.


In order to address the issues of sustainability and effectiveness, the Borderless Alliance has evolved from an advocacy campaign to the region’s leading advocacy platform, with a membership base upwards of fifty and representing the lead actors from the various supply chains; port authorities, freight forwarders, logistics operators, manufacturers, traders and farmers, all united in their desire to promote a better business environment in West Africa, as well as a positive, long-term impact for the benefit of all involved.