Namport car imports up 10%

DRC to become major importer
Otis Daniels_Finck
Walvis Bay • [email protected]

Car imports into southern Africa, through the port of Walvis Bay, increased by 10% in the last financial year, compared to 2020-2021 financial year, according to Tana Pesat, acting commercial services executive at the Namibian Ports Authority (Namport).

The trend is expected to continue this year after the Helios Ray Roro vessels dispatched 335 vehicles at Walvis Bay harbour last Sunday, of which 52 vehicles were destined for the Democratic Republic of Congo, while the rest were for Namibian clients and markets in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Botswana.

According to Pesat, the 52 vehicles (new Toyota Hilux bakkies), were for the CFAO Motors dealership in the DRC and is the result of a “successful pilot run” last year when 25 previously owned vehicles were delivered to the dealer.

Pesat explained that DRC agent Renaissance Logistics and Shipping was awarded a contract from the Toyota DRC exclusive dealer to transit its regular fleet of brand new vehicles from the African distribution platform in Zeebrugge (Belgium) to Lubumbashi and Kolwezi, DRC, using the Walvis Bay harbour for transit. “Subsequently, a consignment of approximately 400 brand new bakkies are expected to be exported via the Port of Walvis Bay annually to DRC,” she said, adding that this would be a major boost to annual car imports, and is in itself close to 10% of the latest annual figure of about 5 000 vehicles imported via Namport in 2021. “Namport remains the port of choice for vessels as it not only offers its clients fast services but also safe storage facilities at the convenience of its clients.”