Dar port efficiency attracts Zimbabweans

Vehicles at Dar Port
The Port Manager, Mr Cassian Ng’amilo, told reporters over the weekend that Zimbabweans are now regular clients of the facility.

“The port now offers low handling tariffs and safety of cargo has improved”, he said.  

He said the port started to clear exports and imports from Zimbabwe since last October especially vehicles, but the business has of late grown to other commodities.

The manager, who was speaking during clearing of 44 buses meant for Zimbabwe said   there was a growing business trend of about 17 per cent per annum in the last five years.  

“Zimbabwe were not serious customers, but their presence is now being felt,” Mr Ng’amilo said.  The number of vehicles the port received has more than doubled from 32,861 in 2005 to 84,347 cars last year.

He added that on average the port received 7,000 cars per month last year   “On percentage, domestic and transit cars are now pegged at 50 per cent to either side. Previously, the figure was 60 per cent for in bound cars but the trend has changed,” Mr Ng’amilo said.  

Speaking at the same occasion, Director of Cosmos Haulage Company, Mr Amin Sambo, said the port now offers the best rates compared to other facilities in South Africa.  He said the consignment belongs to the Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

He said that distance between Dar es Salaam and the Zimbabwean capital Harare is 2400 kilometres compared to Durban-Harare’s 2,600 kilometres.

“It takes three days to drive from Dar es Salaam to Harare. We normally drive during the day for security reasons,” Mr Sambo said.   

 The Dar es Salaam port allows 15 days duty free period for car importers once the consignment has arrived at the port.   The port also serves, Zambia, Burundi, DRC, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya and Mozambique.
Source: The Daily News,www.dailynews.co.tz, reported by Abduel Elinaza
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