Mozambique begins electronic checking of containers at customs

21 March 2006

Maputo, Mozambique, 21 March – Mozambique is currently installing equipment for carrying out electronic checks on containers at the country’s main customs posts in order to speed up and make the processing of goods at the borders safer, Mozambique’s customs company, Alfândegas de Moçambique said Tuesday.

According to a company source quoted by Mozambican daily newspaper, Notícias, of the project covers the ports of Maputo, Beira and Nacala, as well as the border at Ressano Garcia.

The same source said that at a later stage a study will be carried out for installing a container and cargo terminal at Ressano Garcia.

Revenue at Mozambique’s customs posts increased 21.99 percent in 2005, totaling 301 million euros due to an increase in traffic of people and goods which has been allowed because of visa waivers with several neighboring countries.

The deputy director for internal supervision of the Mozambique customs service, Danilo Nalá, said last week that billing in 2005 surpassed that of 2004 and that for this year Mozambique’s customs expect revenue of around 350 million euros. (macauhub)