09 Jul 2019 16:40pm
SWAKOPMUND, 09 JUL (NAMPA) - The Namibia Ports Authority (Namport) has recorded a significant increase of 39 per cent in vehicle imports during the financial year 2018/19.
This is in comparison to the 167 448 freight tonnes which were recorded in 2017/18.
According to Namport's commercial executive, Immanuel !Hanabeb, in a media statement issued on Tuesday, said the 274 504 freight tonne of vehicles handled at the port during 2018/19 is due to the aggressive marketing of Namport's adequate facilities and services it offers.
About 35 per cent of the total freight tonnes went to Zimbabwe, 22 to Zambia, 11 to Botswana, five to Malawi and three per cent went to the Democratic Republic of Congo, !Hanabeb noted.
He added that only 24 per cent was imported locally during the period referred to.
According to Namport, 321 units of vehicles were also recently discharged from the Glovis Century Roll-on/Roll-on (RoRo) and are destined for landlocked countries, through the Walvis Bay port.
RoRo ships are vessels designed to carry wheeled cargo such as cars, trucks, semi-trailer trucks, trailers, and railroad cars, which are driven on and off the ship on their own wheels or using a platform vehicle such as a self-propelled modular transporter.
Two more RoRos are expected to arrive at the port of Walvis Bay during the month of July, he added.
According to !Hanabeb, the location of the Walvis Bay Port allows it to provide an easy and fast transit route between Southern Africa, Europe, Asia and America.