Johannesburg, South Africa, 30 Nov – The capacity of the port of Maputo may increase from 10 million tons per year at the moment to 48 million tons per year by 2025, the chief executive of the Maputo Corridor Logistics Initiative (MCLI) said in Johannesburg.
Speaking to Portuguese news agency Lusa, Brenda Horne also said that the new one-stop border post between South Africa and Mozambique at Komatipoort/Ressano Garcia was due to start operating, and that it would mainly be used by buses ad collective taxis, with enormous time savings in crossing between the countries.
Horne said that the one-stop border post for the logistics industry (goods transport), which had opened at the beginning of the year, had led to significant time savings for operators which, in increasing numbers, use the port of the Mozambican capital for the exports and imports, rather than using South African ports.
“Trucks equipped with satellite location systems allow us to calculate that the journey between the border and the port, unloading and return now take around five hours, which is fantastic, if we compare it to the 10 hours that were needed previously,” Horne noted.
The company also has plans, together with concession holders and the authorities involved, to increase the volume of goods handled at the port of Maputo from 10 million tons currently to 48 million tons per year over the next 15 years.
The MCLI, which is a public-private partnership, aims to improve logistical effectiveness of the main regional routes, focusing on roads, border posts and other facilities, which allow for quicker journeys for people and good in the Southern African Development Community (SADC). (macauhub)