Zimbabwean business delegation looking at alternative trade routes

Transport and logistics
Leandrea Louw
Walvis Bay

A business delegation from Zimbabwe visited Namibia to look at the possibility of using the Walvis Bay Corridors as an alternative trade route.

The delegation consisting of executives from BAK Logistics, one of the largest logistics service providers in Zimbabwe, conducted business to business meetings, toured the Zimbabwe Dry Port and the port of Walvis Bay to enhance business linkages, promote the storage of products at the Zimbabwe Dry Port and to explore import and export opportunities between the two countries.
“We are targeting increased trade with Namibia through strategic partnerships with local companies in the transport and logistics sector,” said Mary Machigaidze, the managing director of BAK Logistics and expressed optimism that the engagements will yield positive outcomes.

The Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG) hosted the delegation after conducting a trade mission with key industry stakeholders to Zimbabwe in October 2021.

Mbahupu Tjivikua, the CEO of the Walvis Bay Corridor Group, pointed out that the disruption in the regional supply chain due to the security incidences and congestion at some ports created an opportunity for the Walvis Bay Corridors to increase transit cargo via the port of Walvis Bay and the Walvis Bay Corridors. “Our corridors are the safest, very secure and the most efficient trade routes for exports and imports in the SADC region,” he emphasised.

Importers and exporters can either use the Walvis Bay Corridors via the Walvis Bay-Ndola-Lubumbashi Development Corridor (WBNLDC) into Zimbabwe or the Trans Kalahari Corridor (TKC) via Botswana. Zimbabwe has been using the traditional routes via ports in South Africa and Mozambique.