New Era (Windhoek)

28 February 2013

Namibia: Walvis Bay Records Significant Growth

Walvis Bay — The Walvis Bay corridors have performed strongly in the movement of commodities through the Port of Walvis Bay to the rest of Southern Africa with a record increase of more than 54 percent during 2012.

This increase represents 682 333 tonnes of cargo that moved along these corridors, which is 240 000 tonnes more than in 2011. The Trans-Kalahari Corridor, which connects Walvis Bay with markets in Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe, showed a growth of 115 percent; the Walvis Bay-Ndola-Lubumbashi Development Corridor, which connects Walvis Bay with the Zambian and DRC markets, showed a 75 percent growth, while the Trans-Cunene Corridor connecting Walvis Bay to Angola, posted a 29 percent growth.

"We have continued our campaign to communicate and engage with the shipping and logistics community to attract them to Walvis Bay and to create more capacity among our Walvis Bay corridors. New shipping lines have started to call on Walvis Bay as well and some have set up new offices to expand their services via Walvis Bay into the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.

"We have also seen more logistics service providers from the region and further abroad that have started to develop their footprint in Walvis Bay. This therefore allows more choice for our customers within the SADC region and also allows for a bigger variety of service aspects to attract new customers along our corridors," said Johny Smith, the Chief Executive Officer of the Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG).

"Continuously the WBCG's work is being distinguished in the regional and international market for its attitude in growing through persistence, and its unique private public participation at various levels in the region, on the continent and further abroad. This recipe of success continues to bring new and more rewards of growth as we also strengthen our role, and create new partnerships and networks to develop trade and economic ties with the SADC region," the chairman of the WBCG, Bisey Uirab, says.

The growth of the Walvis Bay corridors can be attributed to the intense marketing campaigns in the regional and international arena through increasing awareness of the benefits that the Walvis Bay corridors have to offer, hence resulting in a market increase for the corridors.

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