Tanzania Shipping Report Q4 2015
BMI View: Tanzania will continue to benefit from its location as a gateway for the East Africa Community(EAC). The merits of its location can be seen in the consistent upwards trajectory of container and bulkthroughput at the port of Dar es Salaam. The development of the offshore gas sector in the coming yearswill boost both bulk and container volumes through the country's ports, thanks to an inflow of capital goodsand increased wealth driving up imports of containerised consumer goods.
At present, although we expect continued growth in Dar es Salaam tonnage and container throughput, thisgrowth will slow due to the rising level of risks emanating from the various transport infrastructure plansinvolving Tanzania's neighbours (such as the proposed railway connecting Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda)which threaten Tanzania's throughput levels as trade to and from these landlocked hinterland states will bediverted to Kenyan ports. This is problematic given Tanzania's aspiration to become the EAC gateway and aregional transport hub. However, there are plans to improve the port's infrastructure, reduce congestion andspeed up the trade lead times across the country and into its neighbouring trade partners. These plansinclude additional capacity at the port of Dar es Salaam and extra equipment, and the streamlining ofbureaucratic requirements for trading along with one stop border controls.
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