Port of Beira, Mozambique, posts annual growth of 15 pct

5 September 2014

The port of Beira is expected to post annual growth of 15 percent in processing cargo from countries such as Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and DR Congo, as well as goods to and from Mozambique, said the CEO of Cornelder of Mozambique.

Carlos Mesquita said that in 2013 cargo processing rose by 17 percent compared to 2012, although there were some problems that were overcome with the commissioning of the Single Electronic Window – a scheme to reduce bureaucracy – according to the Mozambican daily newspaper Correio da Manhã.

The port of the capital of Sofala province last year handled 184,000 containers and 6.6 million tons of general cargo, including four million tons of coal from Moatize.

The rise in the amount of cargo handled was due to increased productivity from March onwards following the arrival of new equipment that increased container processing from 12 to 29 per hour and reducing the time ships spent at the port from six to two days.

Mesquita noted that the merit is also shared with the Tax Authority, which “is flexible in customs clearance processes,” and the delays that still occur are directly related to the influx of road traffic. (macauhub/MZ)