Mozambique’s ports process over 75,200 tons of cargo to neighboring countries

11 September 2007

Maputo, Mozambique, 11 Sept – The three main ports of Mozambique processed over 75,200 tons of cargo to and from neighboring countries in the first half of the year as compared to the year-ago period, port management company Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (CFM) said Monday.

Figures from the company cited by Mozambican newspaper Notícias, showed that the growth was mainly due to the contributions of the ports of Maputo and Beira, which processed over 37,700 tons and 35,600 tons of cargo, respectively, as the port of Nacala saw a rise of just 1,900 tons of cargo.

At Maputo port the rise was most significant for exports of magnetite, chromium and sugar from South Africa, citrus fruits from Swaziland and iron alloys from Zimbabwe, which also imports fertilizers.

At Beira port rises were seen in exports of granite and container cargo and imports of fertilizer, fuel, wheat, rice and palm oil by Zimbabwe.

South African cargo traffic accounts for 49 percent of the total processed in the three ports due to investments made to boost railroad transport, namely by refurbishing the Ressano Garcia line.

Zimbabwe contributed 30 percent, as compared with Malawi’s 16 percent, 3 percent for Zambia and 2 percent for Swziland.

Overall the report on national rail and port production in the last six months rose pointed to a rise in the port area of some 6.1 percent year on year and a fall of 1.9 percent for rail. (macauhub)