Transit cargo increase via Walvis Bay corridors

The current lockdown measures resulted in changes to transport routes, as logisticians scramble to keep supply chains operational.

02 June 2020 | Business

The Walvis Bay-Ndola-Lubumbashi Development Corridor has seen a steady increase in cargo, as transporters move essential goods destined for neighbouring countries along the route, reports the Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG).

The port of Walvis Bay and its corridors are seen as an efficient and secure trade route into southern Africa, hence the increase in new companies moving their cargo via these routes.

A noticeable newcomer is Zalawi Haulage. The transporter operates on the North-South Corridor which starts at Durban and runs into central Africa.

The transporter recently moved 1 700 tonnes of copper cathode from southern DRC to the port of Walvis Bay. This relates to approximately 50 truckloads over a period of a month.

The company is a subsidiary of Bolloré Africa Logistics with a network of 250 subsidiaries in 55 countries, including 46 in Africa.

WBCG actively engaged the company and were subsequently afforded the opportunity to be of service when the transporter needed a quick intervention to facilitate the movement of copper cathodes from Kolwezi. The WBCG and Namport’s business development team assisted the company to ensure all the needed facilities, services and paperwork was in place.

“It took us five days to sort this out, which is quick considering the current conditions. The customer was impressed with the level of service provided by all parties,” said WBCG’s business development manager for South Africa, Irvaan Maharaj.

The WBCG thanked the ministry of trade and industrialization for their swift assistance in providing the required certification to allow the transporter to operate on the corridor.

Although the pandemic has created an unfortunate situation, it has provided the Walvis Bay Corridors the opportunity to grow its footprint as a gateway in the region.

Potential customers are becoming more aware of the benefits of utilising the ports of Walvis Bay and Lüderitz as well as the corridors. This will certainly lead to increased business opportunities and industry growth.

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