The Tanzanian port of Dar es Salaam was once the most efficient in sub-Saharan Africa.
The performance of the port, which is the second-largest in east Africa, has slipped dramatically over the past 20 years.
Ships are often forced to wait to dock and the transit of goods through the port is slow. The World Bank estimates that trade costs are 60 per cent higher between Tanzania and China than between Brazil and China, despite the distance between the Latin American country and the world’s second-biggest economy being almost double.
The port is also unable to accommodate larger vessels, which is becoming increasingly problematic. “Container ships have become bigger. For economies of scale, shipping companies prefer three large ships docking than 10 smaller ones,” says Smak Kaombwe, an adviser for TradeMark East Africa. Read more. Source | The National