Maputo, Mozambique, 10 May – The Ressano Garcia railway is already being used by South Africa to export and import vehicles via the port of Maputo, Mozambique’s Noticias newspaper reports.
The first lot of 160 vehicles to arrive in Maputo on a trial run will continue on to Australia, adds the Maputo-based daily. Another lot of vehicles from Germany, of the same brand, was transported to South Africa on the same line.
The decision to use the Ressano Garcia line for vehicles transiting the port of Maputo was made after confirming that it was economically viable for that purpose.
The director of the Grindrod vehicle terminal manager at the port of Maputo said that efforts to boost imports and exports via Maputo result from the port’s huge comparative advantage over South African ports when comparing the distances linking Maputo to Johannesburg or Pretoria versus Johanessburg-Pretoria-Durban.
Note that South Africa’s vehicle assembly industries are located in the cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria, both in nearby Gauteng province.
Maputo’s automobile terminal opened in 2008 and can handle 50,000 vehicles per year in a first phase. When the third phase is complete it should be able to receive from 250,000 to 300,000 vehicles each year.
Besides vehicles in transit to various regional and international markets, the terminal has also been also used to import an average of 1,000 new vehicles per year for the Mozambican market and about 300 used vehicles from Japan, also for the national market. (macauhub)