Mozambique: Malawi uses Nacala port once again

13 November 2007

Maputo, Mozambique, 13 Nov – The Mozambican port of Nacala in September processed a record tonnage of cargo due to its use by Malawian exporters and importers, Mozambican daily Notícias reported Monday in Maputo.

Speaking to the paper, Fernando Couto, the chief executive of the Nacala Development Corridor (CDN) the private company in charge of managing the railroad and port system, said that 119,351 tons of goods passed through Nacala Port last September, which was a rise of 63 percent in comparison to August.

Between January and September this year the port processed 4,107 containers, a rise of 55 percent against the number of containers processed in the first nine months of 2006.

The boost was in part due to imports of fertilizers and raw materials for cement production by Malawi and tobacco exports from this country.

In September of this year, 60,000 tons of fertilizers were unloaded at Nacala port destined for Malawi, half of which were transported by rail, Couto said.

At the end of September, the railroad linking Nacala to Entre-Lagos in Mozambique, had transported 31,356 tons of goods, as compared with 20,678 tons for the whole of last year, Couto noted. (macauhub)