Maputo Port to have fresh produce terminal

30 March 2007

Maputo, Mozambique, 30 March – The port of Maputo will this year have a terminal for fresh produce, according to Newsflash, a publication owned by the Maputo Corridor Logistics Initiative.

Brenda Horne, executive director of the Logistics Initiative, said in the publication that South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation and a group of private investors had set up a financial package to build and manage an export terminal for fresh produce at Maputo port.

The terminal, valued at 30 million rand, will have the capacity to process 70,000 tons of citrus fruit over a six month period and 10,000 tons of frozen fruit juice.

“The increase in capacity of the port of Maputo and the fact that there are now direct weekly links between Maputo and the Far east will save South African farmers around 15 million rands per year in logistics costs,” Horne added.

The port of Maputo is managed by Companhia de Desenvolvimento do Porto de Maputo, a consortium set up to operate the concession of the ports of Maputo and Matola.

The consortium, which controls 51 percent of the capital, is made up of British company Mersey Docks Group, the owner and manager of the port of Liverpool, Sweden’s Skanska, one of the world’s biggest construction companies, and Portuguese terminal operator, Liscont.

The remaining capital is owned by state company Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique, 33 percent, and by the Mozambican state, with 16 percent. (macauhub)