Following massive investments by the Mozambican government in partnership with the Exim Bank of China in dredging, port facilities, road rehabilitation and widening since April 2015, Beira Port has arguably become the most preferred sea port for Zimbabwean shippers.
Some advantages of Using Beira Port
- Distance between Beira and Harare is approximately 562 Km. Thus, less transit time compared to Durban which is about 1679 KM.
- It follows therefore that Beira road freight is much lower compared to alternative sea ports.
- There is over border container charge above USD5000 for containerised shipments coming through Durban. In the likely event that container turn-in is Durban, additional transport costs would apply. This same over border container charge does not apply for cargo coming through Beira port. To circumvent the prohibitive deposit, shippers unpack/de-stuff containers and move their valued cargo as break-bulk.
- Because cargo move in containers from Beira, there is less handling, less chances of goods damaged, theft and even pilferage
Published by William Chibanda