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Still a way to go, but East African ports catching up to South Africa

EAST African port earnings grew between 2013 and 2017, as their southern African rivals slipped, a new report reveals, reports Nairobi's East African newspaper

Still a way to go, but East African ports catching up to South Africa

EAST African port earnings grew between 2013 and 2017, as their southern African rivals slipped, a new report reveals, reports Nairobi's East African newspaper

31 March 2019 - 19:00

EAST African port earnings grew between 2013 and 2017, as their southern African rivals slipped, a new report reveals, reports Nairobi's East African newspaper.

Dynamar's East and Southern Africa Container Trades 2019 Report says East African ports?contribution to GDP rose from 34 per cent in 2013 to 40 per cent in 2017 as South Africa experienced a five per cent drop from US$367 billion to $349 billion over the same period.



Darron Wadey, a shipping analyst, attributes the improved performance of the ports of Dar es Salaam and Mombasa to increased business from the region's landlocked countries, which has increased the number of containers handled by the ports.



'Mombasa and Dar es Salaam are competing for hinterland cargo to Burundi, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda. State controlled ports are under increasing pressure to improve and develop their strained infrastructure,' reads the report.



Yet the Port of Durban remains the biggest port on the continent, with a 2,700,000 TEU capacity, compared with Mombasa's 1,190,000 TEU.



Among the 22 ports that intercontinental liners call at, five are on the East African coast, 10 in Southern Africa and the others on Indian Ocean islands.



East Africa's ports handle more agricultural exports and imports of materials used for development, equipment and machinery and vehicles. In Southern Africa, minerals from Mozambique and Zimbabwe comprise the bulk of cargo.



Last week, Dar project manager, Anastazia Seledi said that increased traffic's external trade, necessitating the expansion.


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