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DP World Komatipoort South Africa handles first transit import

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DP World has developed and completed its first transit import via DP World Maputo Port in Mozambique to DP World Komatipoort, South Africa.

The latest in DP World’s investments into end-to-end supply solutions, the transit to the dry port will allow for a seamless and efficient user experience, DP World says.

The successful transit demonstrates that the Komatipoort, located to the north-west of Maputo Port in Mozambique and positioned 280 miles east of Johannesburg, can be used as a gateway to South Africa.

International container imports landed in Maputo port and destined for the South African hinterland, can now be moved under bond to Komatipoort, where full customs clearance can be provided and made ready for delivery across South Africa.

Currently in South Africa, 69% of maritime imports are via the Port of Durban.

Local customers now can use Maputo as a gateway to transport their international freight to Komatipoort – where they can be cleared more easily and efficiently for customers based in and around Gauteng.

When measured by cost per user, the service is estimated to be equivalent in costs or cheaper compared to traditional routing via Durban, according to DP World. The terminal operator claims the system is more efficient, particularly for those staying in the northern area of the country.

Christian Roeder, CEO, DP World Maputo, said, “The Komatipoort facility as a bonded container depot is a ‘game changer’ for the Maputo corridor.

“The success of the trial brings DP World a step closer to enabling a more cost effective, seamless and efficient user experience for our local customers and enhances trade linkages for countries in the Southern African region.”

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