Mozambique: Dry port installed at Moatize rail terminal

27 May 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 27 May – Mozambique’s first dry port has been built at the cargo terminal of the Sena railroad in the coal town of Moatize, in Tete province, according to a report in Notícias newspaper.

It is a facility especially designed for handling goods and for some land locked countries, such as Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania, the Democratic republic of Congo, amongst others and is due to go into operation in September when the railroad is also due to be reopened after being closed down for 26 years due to the country’s civil war.

According to the head of Human Resources, Communication and Image of railroad company CFB, José Caetano, this facility is the result of the fact that the Dona Ana-Vila Nova de Fronteira branch line being in total disrepair, particularly between Nsange and Malawi, over 205 kilometres, since the 1980s.

The process of handling cargo will consist of moving merchandise from trains onto trucks and vice versa and the entire area reserved for the dry port has been taken up and there is no space for further operators.

“Demand is greater and the area has been totally sold out even before the train starts circulating again between Moatize and Beira. This is a project that is happening ahead of the train,” Caetano said.

Some Zimbabwean companies involved in marble exploration in Tete province have taken up some of the available space for this port in Moatize, which is some 670 kilometres from the city of Beira.

Whilst the Sena line has yet to reopen to traffic, all customs operators are using the road system to import and export their goods, which is an expensive and unsafe solution, particularly due to the state of repair of the roads. (macauhub)