Port of Maputo, Mozambique, is gateway to SADC markets

27 June 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 27 June – World producers of cooking oil are using the Port of Maputo as a gateway to countries in the southern African Development Community (SADC), some of which are facing a deficit of raw materials for cooking oil production, Mozambican newspaper, Notícias reported over the weekend.

The newspaper added that Mozambique, despite having at least five cooking oil refineries, remained dependent on imports to meet its needs.

Recently the liquids terminal at the Port of Maputo received 1,000 tons of cooking oil from neighbouring South Africa, on its way to Tanzania, where it will be refined and distributed to the local market.

A source from the Maputo Corridor Logistics Initiative (MCLI) told the newspaper that the cargo had reached the capital’s port in tanker, as part of an experiment that could be the first of many in the future, taking advantage of the combined facilities of the corridor, particularly the Maputo/Witbank road.

The terminal, which is operated by the Maputo Liquids Storage Company (MLSC), has capacity to store 10,000 tons of products, and recently underwent refurbishment that allow it to fill up the tanks from trucks whilst also setting up facilities to load products onto ships.

In the case of the oil to be sent to Tanzania, this was loaded onto a tanker ship that had travelled to Maputo to unload cooking oil for the national market.

In relation to the terminal, Rui Vieira, of the MLSC, said that it was owned by a multinational company with headquarters in Singapore, Wilmar International, Ltd, which is one of the world’s largest producers of cooking oil. (macauhub)