Mozambican government plans to liberalise coastwise shipping services

25 September 2012

Mozambique is set to liberalise its coastwise shipping services in order to meet World Trade Organisation (WTO) and International Maritime Organisation (IMO) requirements, daily Mozambican newspaper Notícias reported.

The Transport, Communications and Meteorology Protocol of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), from 1996, also outlines that member-states should remove barriers to coastwise shipping involving their own ships as part of a process that was supposed to be concluded in 2009.

Citing a source from the Ministry for Transport and Communications, the newspaper said that the issue involved the sovereignty of the country and, above all, required an in-depth analysis for its execution.

Cargo transport between Mozambican ports reached its high point in 1983 when 346,000 tons of cargo were carried, and since then has fallen to the current level of 220,000 tons per year. There are 18 companies involved in this business.

However, given that Mozambique has no long haul ships of its own, the Mozambican companies usually rent freight space on foreign ships.

Coastwise shipping in Mozambique occurs between the ports of Maputo, Beira, Quelimane, Nacala, Pemba, and Mocímboa da Praia. (macauhub)

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