Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

3 March 2014

Tanzania: DR Congo Transit Cargo Increase At Dar Port

DR Congo is now the second largest destination of transit cargo through Dar es Salaam port after Zambia as its cargo kept on increasing year after year.

The Minister for Transport Dr Harrison Mwakyembe said in Dar es Salaam on Saturday that the DR Congo transit cargo had increased from 170,600 tonnes in 2004 to 1,117,200 tonnes last year.

Speaking at the inauguration of the Business Congolese International (BCI), Dr Mwakyembe said that in 2013 Congolese transit cargo was 23 per cent of the transit cargo and nine per cent of the total cargo handled by the Dar port.

The opening BCI office in Dar es Salaam showed increased interest of the DR Congo business community to continue using the Dar es Salaam port.

Dr Mwakyembe said the government as well as all transporters recognizes their responsibilities and challenges in dealing with the increasing of Congolese transit cargo.

He has said the goal is to increase the capacity of the facilities, infrastructure, technology and human resources to increase efficiency at the port.

He has said the government had begun to work on the recommendations of the DR Congo business community on how to improve services at the port.

"We ask for your patience while we work on your suggestions, Dr Mwakyembe told BCI members.

On his part the president of Business Congolese International in the DR Congo, Mr Mukendi Kabobu Godefroid thanked the government for facilitating opening of their office in Dar es Salaam.

He said the Dar es Salaam port was most efficient in the region and provided them with economies of scale.

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