DP World introduces first dedicated logistics rail service between Maputo and Harare

DP World Maputo introduces bi-weekly dedicated rail service between Maputo and Harare.

DP World Maputo, which has the concession to manage, develop and operate the Maputo container terminal, last Friday handled the first of a bi-weekly dedicated container train service connecting Maputo and Harare in Zimbabwe.

This new rail service presents a multitude of new business opportunities for customers in Zimbabwe and Mozambique, and forms part of the company’s continued focus to expand its logistics and supply chain offering in the region.

It is also key to DP World’s vision to connect several countries in Southern Africa – namely Maputo with South Africa, Zimbabwe and Swaziland – by rail.

While helping enhance DP World Maputo’s position as a gateway to Zimbabwe, the service offers significantly better transit times for customers in Zimbabwe. In the past, transit goods on their way to Harare would often have to be transported far greater distances by sea and road, but this route will give customers a new, direct, and faster option for delivery.

DP World Maputo says it will continue to work with all the stakeholders involved to make this a weekly train service between the two cities, to allow even greater cost saving and planning opportunities for businesses and individuals who need reliable, efficient transportation of goods.

“This rail service between Maputo and Harare is key to reopening the route between these markets to drive more efficient logistics in the region,” says Christian Roeder, CEO of DP World Maputo. “Through this service, which we will facilitate and handle all port and border documentation, we can cut down transit times, give our customers better service and improve the connections between cities.”

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DP World is now handling transit import cargo at its bonded Komatipoort Inland Depot. Picture: DP World

The rail service follows the announcement earlier this year of DP World Komatipoort in South Africa *, handling its first transit import via Maputo and demonstrating that the Maputo Port can be seamlessly used as a gateway to South Africa’s hinterland.

International container imports landed in Maputo port and destined for the South African hinterland, can now be moved under bond to Komatipoort, where full customs clearance can be provided and made ready for delivery across South Africa.

According to DP World, it will continue to develop the Maputo Corridor, a vital trade route in Southern Africa, through investing in new infrastructure to meet local demand, while DP World Maputo’s container terminal capacity at Maputo will also be enhanced, having already doubled in size between 2016 and 2018.

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