Rwanda boosts exports with air cargo agreement

Rwanda's National Carrier RwandAir has, on behalf of the Rwanda Government, entered into an agreement with Magma Aviation to ship up to 25 metric tons every Friday, starting 4th October 2019.

The Boeing 747 freighter service launched concerns the route between Rwanda’s Kigali International Airport (KGL) and Liège Airport (LGG) in Belgium.

The new aviation weekly services will facilitate Rwandan agri-exporters to send their fresh products to European markets through Liège and Hahn.

Rwandan exports have been air-crafted by RwandAir, but there was a big opportunity that was not tapped in due to limitations of the cargo’s space. There was a need to increase the volumes and market destinations for Rwandan agriculture produce.

This agreement comes as a result of the Rwandan government's efforts to facilitate Rwandan exporters to reach more markets. The move is one of the solutions to implement NAEB’s new Strategic Business Plan. There is a need to boost the potentials of Rwandan agri-exports but especially horticulture.

There has been an increase in the sector’s revenues as a result of continued adherence to international standards and new markets due to direct flights terminating from Rwanda to Europe. In the recent financial year, Rwanda exported a total of 465,405 Metric Tons to international markets. These exports included mostly tea, coffee and horticulture fresh produce.

For more information:
naeb.gov.rw


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