The Secil Marítima shipping company will ensure transport in the China/Angola logistics chain, a measure meant to cut costs associated to merchandise imports, Transport Minister Augusto Tomás said in Luanda.
At the end of a Thursday meeting with directors of Chinese companies operating in the country, Tomás said the decision would enable goods to arrive in Angola at a lower price.
The meeting aimed to present the new model for management, control and coordination of the logistics chain with China, which will “establish a door-to-door control system for equipment and materials that arrive in the country,” Tomás said.
The head of Secil Marítima in turn told Angop news agency that the initiative would help re-launch the company as a national-flag shipping company.
In the 1990s Angola was one of the African countries with the biggest fleets of long-haul merchant marine vessels, dominated by the companies Angonave and Secil Marítima.
Secil Marítima was transformed into a state economic unit in 1987, with the respective purpose of transporting maritime cargo and associated activities, namely commercial exploitation of maritime transport, operation of shipping agencies and tourism and freight forwarding services. (Macauhub/AO/CN)