Mozambican port of Beira loses cargo to other ports in the region

18 June 2013

Cornelder de Moçambique, the manager of the port of Beira in Mozambique, has told the Sofala provincial government that it is making significant losses on processing general and container cargo, the Marketing and Sales director said.

Félix Machado said that the traditional users of the port of Beira, such as companies from Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and the Democratic Republic of Congo, had been transferring cargo to other ports, namely Dar-es-Salaam, in Tanzania, and Durban, in South Africa.

Cited by daily newspaper Notícias, Machado said that this was due to a lack of financial capacity to cover the bank guarantees required for customs clearance, as outlined in Ministerial Decree no. 307/2012, of 15 November, on the Single Electronic Window (JUE) underway since 1 April of this year.

The director of Marketing and Sales noted that container cargo at the port was falling by 7 percent and that, if the situation continued, the port of Beira would post a 17 percent loss of container cargo and 28 percent loss of general cargo, whilst the port of Durban will post growth of 44 percent.

Noting that an immediate solution was needed, Machado said that shipping companies such as Japan’s Mitsui O.S.K. Lines and Taiwan’s Evergreen had left the port of Beira and France’s CMA-CGM had announced plans to do the same. (macauhub)