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  • a sign says.

  • It's the gateway Thio eastern Central Africa.

  • But at Bruce Ear, on Kenya's border with Uganda, a queue of Lorries snakes back as far as the eye can see.

  • The road here has become a lorry park, where drivers wait for days to cross a sign of how increased health checks, including testing, are putting the brakes on trade.

  • And that's even as a pan African free trade zone is due to be launched on January.

  • The first that date was put back by six months, a middle locked down restrictions.

  • But at UC and with 2021 approaching, Kenyan driver Joseph Kimani says a crossing that used to involve a five hour wait can now take five days now and that you moves up night a bit.

  • But during the day it stops completely stops.

  • Have you ever like this?

  • Hello, We are here.

  • As you can see, there's no there.

  • There is no sanitary equipment, he and other drivers said ACC.

  • You can stretch back more than 35 miles to cross the border.

  • They need to show a negative test taken in the previous 14 days.

  • Failing that, they must submit to testing at the border and wait two days for the results.

  • That's created big delays on a transport corridor that extends from Kenya's Port Mombasa into landlocked nations such as Rwanda, south Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

  • Those four, along with 50 other countries, have signed up for the African Continental Free Trade Area, which aims to bring 1.3 billion people together in a $3.4 trillion economic block.

  • Its secretary general said last week that innovative arrangements will be required as not all the customs infrastructure will be ready in time.

  • Kenya's government says delays at Bussi A will be reduced once an approach road is turned into a dual carriageway, a project due for completion in 2022.

  • But until then, life on the road for the drivers in Brasilia has become exactly that.

a sign says.

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