Cargo volumes at Dar es Salaam port are expected to rise as much as 25 percent this year, helped by expanded capacity and improved efficiency, Tanzanian president Jakaya Kikwete said in his last address to parliament before an election in October.
The port, whose main rival is bigger but also congested Mombasa in Kenya, acts as a trade gateway for landlocked states such as Zambia, Rwanda, Malawi, Burundi and Uganda, as well as the eastern region of Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
"In 2014 the port handled 14.4 tonnes of cargo ... We expect it to reach 18 million tonnes this year," Kikwete said late on Thursday.
"The port currently operates 24 hours a day and the speed of unloading and loading cargo has significantly increased ... even those who previously stopped using the port have now returned."
Tanzania said it wants to increase capacity to 28 million tonnes a year by 2020. The World Bank said last year that inefficiencies at Dar es Salaam cost Tanzania and its neighbours up to $2.6 billion a year. Read more. Source|Reuters Africa