Private companies to provide rolling stock to Mozambique and South Africa

5 September 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 5 Sept – Mozambique and South Africa’s port and rail operators have reached an agreement for the involvement of the private sector in supplying railway trucks and engines, according to Mozambican newspaper Notícias.

The newspaper cited projections from operators that the future of the port of Maputo was in the rail transport of coal, chromium and container cargo to and from the member countries of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC).

The availability of more tucks and engines is one of the challenges included in the Strategic Plan for the Port of Maputo outlined until 2033, considering that only with greater goods transport capacity will the port achieve the outlined production rates in terms of cargo handling.

The idea is that more be done in order to make investments in the three railroads linking the port to remaining SADC countries feasible, specifically the Ressano Garcia line, which travels to South Africa, the Goba line, to Swaziland, and the Limpopo line, which provides a link to Zimbabwe.

As well as buying the trucks and engines, the efficiency of the port of Maputo also depends on improving the effectiveness of operations at Customs, specifically the simplification of the goods transport system so that exporters from the region can gain confidence and start sending cargo to the port of Maputo once again.

The rolling stock problem does not affect South Africa as much, as the country has road transport as an alternative that has been used to carry goods to and from the port of Maputo.

The biggest concern will be when Zimbabwe overcomes its current crisis and start producing and exporting its minerals to Asian and European markets, at which time there will be a greater need for trucks to carry the goods to the port of Maputo and vice versa. (macauhub)