DAR-ES-SALAAM, As competition among ports in eastern and southern Africa stiffens, the Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) has come up with a Master Plan for the establishment of dry ports in strategic regions of the country to ease clearance and shipment of transit cargo to neighbouring countries.
This was revealed by TPA Director-General Deusdedit Kakoko at Ruvu-Vigwaza in Coast Region (Province) over the weekend, when he accompanied Minister for Works, Transport and Communications Makame Mbarawa to to inspect the ongoing construction of a dry port in Kwala.
Kakoko said that for years the TPA had been operating dry ports and constructing new ones but without a Master Plan to provide a conceptual layout to guide future growth and development. The plan has been submitted to the Ministry of Works, Transport and Communications for further processing before being impleented, he added.
In the Master Plan, the authority is scheduling to construct an Inland Container Depot (ICfD) in Arusha Region to facilitate clearance and shipment of cargo entering the country through Tanga Port.
He said the Arusha dry port would significantly attract customers from the neighbouring countries of Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda, including the northern Tanzanian regions of Kilimanjaro, Arusha and Manyara to use Tanga Port and Dar-es-Salaam.
Our competitors have built a dry port at the Taveta in Kenya. This means that containerised cargo entering through (Kenya's) Mombasa Port with destinations in Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi is now transported up to Taveta as a strategy to attract customers from those countries, he said.
He said talks had been initiated with the Tanzania Railway Limited (TRL) management to work out the possibility of reviving the Tanga-Arusha stretch of the railway to facilitate shipment of containerised cargo from Tanga Port to Arusha dry port.
According to the Director General, the construction of Ruvu-Vigwaza dry port in the Coast Region was also part of an implementation of the Master Plan.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK