Angola Foreign and national importers propose more investment in Port of Luanda

3 December 2008

Luanda, Angola, 3 Dec – Foreign firms using the Port of Luanda have suggested more investments in equipment and infrastructures in the port, as well as use of electronic systems, to end excessive holdups in processing containers through the port.

On the sidelines of a meeting with Port of Luanda management, importing companies told state news agency Angop that eliminating bureaucracy in unloading goods, increasing numbers of cranes and improving the central container location system would speed up the flow of trucks entering and leaving the port.

Three of the four terminals at Luanda’s commercial port (general freight, container and multiuse, excluding that operated by Sonlis), and the Viana dry dock (Luanda) are overloaded and need renovation of quays, surfaces and lighting.

Domingos Candeeiro, director of Entreposto Aduaneiro de Angola, said vessels contracted by his company to carry freight are forced to wait offshore for days at a time.

Refiango’s imports director Nuno Colaço said despite the delays at the Port of Luanda, imports are rising.

Santhosh Aravindakshan, director of Atlas Group, which imports 300 containers monthly, said his firm was paying an additional US$ 120 per container when exceeding a two-week limit for handing cargo.

Representatives of port operators Sogest, Unicargas, NDS, Multiparques and Maersk pledged in cooperation with port management to invest more to modernize the Port of Luanda to speed up freight handling. (macauhub)