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Mpulungu harbour to double monthly turnover

MPULUNGU Harbour Corporation Limited says the harbour has capacity to double its current monthly turnover of K2.5 million once the logistical challenges that continue to undermine the company’s potential are addressed.
Mpulungu Harbour Corporation Limited general manager Davis Kaluba said the company has for a long time been under –utilising its capacity due to obsolete infrastructure.
About US $35 million is required to rehabilitate the harbour.
Mr Kaluba told Minister of Finance Felix Mutati, who toured Zambia’s only port over the weekend, that the company handles between 12,000 and 13,000 tonnes of goods that are mainly exported to the Great Lakes Region, but could double the volumes if the right infrastructure is in place.
“The port is the gateway to the Great Lakes Region and we have the potential to grow that export market but all we need is to invest in infrastructure,” he said.
The main markets include Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda while exports include cement, clinker and sugar.
He said there is need to develop the entire logistical chain to ease the transportation of goods and thus attract more volumes.
Last week , Mr Mutati called on management at Mpulungu Harbour Corporation Limited and Ministry of Transport and Communication to quickly design a feasibility study that will enable Zambia access part of the 400 million euros Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) infrastructure fund to modernise the harbour.