A TOTAL of 808 vehicles have been offloaded at Dar es Salaam Port from India for a period of eight months (January to August this year) according to Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA).
TPA Director General Mr Eric Hamissi said that India imports an average of 500,000 tonnes of goods from Tanzania per year.
This was revealed yesterday during the India High Commissioner to Tanzania, Mr Binaya Pradhan visit to TPA. The visit aimed at fostering and maintaining the relationship between TPA and companies that import and export cargo to and from India via Tanzania Ports.
TPA was delighted with the visit from the India envoy and has pledged to maintain the efficient services at its ports.
The volume of cargo handled at Dar es Salaam Ports is projected to rise to about 43 per cent during the next four years, when the ongoing berths expansion is completed.
Also, TPA operates a system of ports serving the Tanzania hinterland and the landlinked countries of Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda.
Recently, Tanzania became the first country in Africa's Eastern and Central to host a huge vessel-- the Tranquil ACE Panama, carrying over 3,700 vehicles with key messages over expansion of the ports and improved efficiency.
TPA currently performs the role of both a Landlord and Operator with the main functions of promoting the use, development and management of ports and their hinterlands and entering into contracts for the purpose of delegating the powers of the Authority (Through licensing and concessioning ports services).