23 February 2014

Tanzania: Swissport Modernises Cargo Facility

SWISSPORT Tanzania Limited is constructing a modern cargo facility that will include separate sections that will handle the remains of loved ones and volatile items among others at Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA).

The construction of the 8,000 square metre cargo facility started early this year and is set to be completed by October.

The project will cost USD 8 million, facilitated by Swissport International. According to the Company's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mr Gaudence Temu, the facility will store vulnerable and radioactive goods. Live animals and out of gauge cargo among other things.

"The logistic concept and design of the facility have taken into consideration various unique environments and operational practices as well as international air cargo handling standards," he said.

Upon the completion a dedicated cargo export facility will feature an export centre for perishable goods with chillers and freezers for preserving fish, meat, vegetables, flowers and medicines.

The facility will also be used to store bulky and heavy shipments and will house an express handling section with a dedicated release area, truck docks equipped with hydraulic dock levelers from small and medium large trucks.

The move comes as the government finalises plans for the erection of the Nyerere Road/Nelson Mandela expressway (Tazara) junction flyover.

Swissport Tanzania Limited had earlier expressed concern over traffic jams and called on the government to develop alternative routes that would help enable passengers and people working at JNIA to get to and from the airport on time.

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