DP World Maputo, which has the concession to manage, develop and operate the Maputo container terminal, last Friday handled the first dedicated train service connecting Maputo and Harare, Zimbabwe.
“Not only will this help enhance DP World Maputo’s position as a gateway to Zimbabwe, the service offers significantly better transit times for customers in Zimbabwe,” said CEO Christian Roeder.
“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,” he added
Following the launch of this bi-weekly rail service, Roeder said the company would continue to work with all stakeholders involved to make this a weekly service.
“This rail service between Maputo and Harare is key to reopening the route between these markets to drive more efficient logistics in the region. Through this service we can cut down transit times, give our customers better service, and improve the connections between cities.”
This development follows a recent announcement that DP World Komatipoort had handled its first transit import via Maputo. “This demonstrates that Maputo Port can be seamlessly used as a gateway to South Africa’s hinterland using DP World Komatipoort. International container imports landed in Maputo and destined for the South African hinterland, can now be moved under bond to Komatipoort, where full customs clearance can be provided while cargo is made ready for delivery across South Africa.”
The company has committed to further developing the corridor through investment in new assets and infrastructure to make the gateway more accessible and cost-effective.
The new service was part of the company’s continued focus on expanding its logistics and supply chain offering in the region, and key to its vision of connecting several countries in southern Africa – namely Maputo with South Africa, Zimbabwe and Swaziland – by rail, Roeder said.