Mozambican port of Beira loses cargo traffic due to bank guarantee requirement

28 May 2013

Traditional users of Mozambique’s port of Beira, such as companies from Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and the Democratic Republic of Congo, since mid May have been transferring cargo to other ports in South Africa and Tanzania, Mozambican newspaper Notícias reported.

According to the daily newspaper, the companies from those countries have been sending their cargo to Durban, in South Africa, and Dar-es-Salaam, in Tanzania, as the bank guarantees required in the import declaration, required following the introduction of the “Single Electronic Window” in 2012, are an excessive burden.

Notícias reported that the situation was serious and has resulted in the closure of most of the customs services at the port of Beira, putting thousands of people out of work.

As well as this, the import area at the port and rail facility is completely congested with 8,000 containers as compared to its usual capacity of 1,500.

After a few years of investments, Cornelder de Moçambique, the company that manages the port of Beira, expected traffic of 200,000 containers through the port but as many traditional users of the port have taken their custom elsewhere the 170,000 record figure posted in 2012, is no longer likely to be exceeded this year. (macauhub)