Trade between Cameroon and Gabon is not doing as well as one would have expected from two countries in the same economic zone (CEMAC) due to the many obstacles encountered along the way. This is at least what the World Bank says in a memorandum entitled ”Gabon: towards a greener and more inclusive sustainable growth”. “24% of traders reported having to pay discretionary fees at checkpoints along the country’s trade routes. Moreover, on the road from the Cameroonian border to Libreville, a truck can expect to be stopped up to or more than 44 times,”
These practices have negative impacts on the economy of the two countries because of the 44 checkpoints operated by the police, gendarmerie or customs, about thirty of them are part of the hassle register that causes economic operators to lose 1.510 million CFA francs on each trip. The significant increases in transport costs and a delay of 15 hours per trip add to this list of obstacles to the free movement of goods and people between Cameroon and Gabon.