Limpopo railroad in Mozambique expected to carry 700,000 tons of cargo this year

26 January 2012

Maputo, Mozambique, 26 Jan – The Limpopo railroad in Mozambique is this year expected to carry 700,000 tons of a variety of cargo, according to projections from Mozambican port and rail company, Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (CFM), cited by daily newspaper Notícias.

The newspaper said that the projection was based on signs of improvement in the economic situation in Zimbabwe and growing regional interest in the port of Maputo export and import route.

The Limpopo railroad, which was rebuilt in 2004 after it was destroyed in the floods in 2000, has been underused due to poor cargo demand from Zimbabwe and other regional countries.

The railroad is able to carry 2 million tons of cargo per year, with cargo trains travelling safely at up to 50 kilometres per hour.

The Limpopo railroad, which is about 522 kilometres long and runs from the port of Maputo to Chicualacuala, on the border with Zimbabwe, according to the chairman of CFM Rosário Mualeia is once again the focus of attention from exporters from Zimbabwe and other countries in the region that see the railway line as an alternative route to access a cheap international trade route.

“This year we want to focus on maintenance in order to reach profitable levels of traffic for a line that is as important as this one. And some customers have contacted us saying that they want to transport 500,000 tons of ferrochrome on the line, which will certainly be an important addition as current demand does not cover the line’s capacity,” he said. (macauhub)