Maputo, Mozambique, 26 April – The port of Nacala, in the Mozambican province of Nampula, has since last weekend had a scanner that makes it possible to inspect goods in a non-invasive way, said Rosário Fernandes, the president of the Mozambican Tax Authority.
The equipment, which represents an investment of US$4 million, has the capacity to inspect one container per minute, as compared with the 12 hours it previously took to do the same job manually.
Fernandes said that the choice of the port of Nacal to install the equipment had been the result of requiring the facility to be one of the most competitive in the Southern Africa region, due to its strategic location in relation to hinterland countries such as Malawi, Zambia and the Congo.
Ghassan Amad, chairman of Kudumba Investimentos, the concession-holding company for the equipment, said that the inauguration of the scanner at Nacala-Porto, marked the beginning of a programme to install similar equipment at the port of Beira, Maputo and Nacala railway lines and the airports of Beira and Nampula.
Mozambican newspaper Notícias reported meanwhile that a centre for control of national inspection operations was due to be opened this year. (macauhub)