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EALA IMPRESSED WITH IMPROVEMENT AT DAR ES SALAAM PORT

Dar es Salaam 29th August 2014: MEMBERS of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA), led by Speaker Rt. Dr Margaret Zziwa and Deputy Minister East African Cooperation (MEAC) Dr Abdulla Juma Saadalla, had an opportunity to visit and assess the performance of the Dar es Salaam Port during the weekend.

Coincidentally, the EALA members were also joined by Commissioners of Customs from all five EAC member states who had been in Dar es Salaam since the day before to monitor and evaluate progress on implementation of the Single Customs Territory.

EALA’s tour of Dar es Salaam Port was one of several planned to seize the moment of Assembly seating in the Capital by visiting various stakeholders as part of efforts to be closer to the people and key players in EAC regional integration. On 22nd August the Assembly members visited IPP Media.

Legislators were impressed with the facilities and improvement of quality of services.

According to Acting Director General of Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) Mr Awadh Massawe, the port had registered an increase of deep sea ships calls by 20% between 2012/2013 and 2013/2014.

During the year 2013/14 the port handled 15 million tons of cargo as compared to 13 tons in year 2012/13, an increase of 16 percent.

Container traffic increased by 12 percent in 2013/14 and motor vehicles imports increase from 130,117 units in 2013 to 164,806 this year.   

Thanks to improved services at the port Tanzania has been able to implement the Single Customs Territory (SCT) since June this year on pilot bases.

According to Tanzania Revenues Authority (TRA) Acting Commission Mr Lusekelo Mwaseba, already petroleum products imported into Rwanda and Uganda through Dar es Salaam Port are cleared through SCT.

“In the same regard, wheat grains imported into Burundi and Rwanda is also cleared under new streamlined SCT procedures,” Mr. Mwaseba said

The Deputy Minister for East African Cooperation Dr Abdulla Juma Saadalla said the port value chain would further greatly improve come December when the Central Railway Line will import 8 more locomotives for cargo transportation to the neighbors.

“We are confident that by January next year more containers, especially those on transit will be ferried by railway instead of roads. This will greatly increase the efficiency of our port because with rails there are no traffic jams, no road blocks,” he said

Dr. Abdullah also informed the delegation that the government will allocate land in Kibaha and Kisarawe for stacking cargo destined for EAC partner states.

By Faraja Mgwabati