Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) expects to cut cargo clearance time at the Dar es Salaam Port to just 48 hours. The Dar Port now boasts a 35 storey one stop centre from which the entire cargo clearance process will be handled.
All cargo stakeholders will now operate under this single roof from TPA headquarters to offices of Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) and Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority (TFDA) all the way to clearing and forwarding agents.
Authorities at TPA believe having all operations under one roof will not only speed up cargo clearance but also increase transparency and ultimately curb corrupt tendencies.
With 5 years in the making, the one stop cargo clearance mega building project is a work engineering to behold. Nonetheless, the project is about a year behind schedule with the expected completion date been sometime in June this year. It was initially slated for completion in May of last year.
Tanzania’s Minister for Works, Transport and Communication, Prof Makame Mbarawa, visited the building at the turn of the week.
He complimented the efforts but reinforced the need to ensure timely completion. TPA’s Acting Deputy Director General in charge of Infrastructure Development Mr. Karim Mattaka received the minister, explained the construction setbacks and reassured him of meeting the new deadline.
It handles dry bulk cargo ranging from grains to coal and a range of other produce and raw materials that have unpacked and homogeneous. It also caters for bulk Liquid such as petroleum products, kerosene, diesel, jet oil, and edible oils.
The port also handles Break Bulk Cargo which are goods that must be loaded individually, including containers. of iron, steel and other metals. Motor vehicles & vehicle parts, agri-products, , machinery etc.
Its harbour services are also international from piloting to tugging and mooring. The port is strategically placed to serve as a convenient freight linkage not only to and from East and Central Africa but also to middle and Far East, Europe, Australia and America.
If it has to do with freight and cargo, and you want speed, efficiency and safety Dar es Salaam is your port of choice.