08 Apr 2014 10:10am
WALVIS BAY, 08 APR (NAMPA) More goods have been traded between Namibia and other African countries recently, setting a monthly record of 95 000 tonnes of goods transported via the Walvis Bay Corridors for February 2014.
Speaking to Nampa in a telephonic interview on Tuesday, the Marketing and Communications Manager at the Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG), Agnetha Mouton, said this is the highest volumes ever recorded in one month.
She said compared to the same period last year, the cargo volumes were over 68 000 then, but less than 95 000.
This means more goods are being exported and imported via the Walvis Bay Corridors.
The growth in cargo volumes was also driven by the Walvis Bay-Ndola-Lubumbashi Development Corridor (WBNLDC), specifically the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) market, which achieved an impressive 10 000 tonnes for the month of February 2014, she beamed.
Volumes along the Trans-Kalahari Corridor for the Botswana and Zimbabwe markets have also grown, with much more consumables and construction material being transported through the port of Walvis Bay.
Mouton said although markets such as Angola, Zimbabwe, Zambia and the DRC have experienced stronger growth than other markets, the Gauteng (RSA) market is slowly on the rise.
A media statement issued by Mouton on Tuesday indicated that imports for the Brazil market via the port of Walvis Bay for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region are also increasing, which is a result of the branch office which the WBCG established in Sao Paulo some two years ago.
Our February volumes, once again, reaffirm that the Walvis Bay Corridor is the preferred trade route when it comes to importing and exporting through the port of Walvis Bay to and from Southern Africa, WBCG Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Johny Smith is quoted as saying in the same statement.
The record increase in these volumes is testimony to our success of efforts to increase accessibility to our markets via the Walvis Bay Corridors, Smith said.