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TATOA strategises on increase in cargo volume at Dar Port

TATOA strategises on increase in cargo volume at Dar Port

TANZANIA Truck Owners Association (TATOA) is set to deliberate on how its members can effectively utilise arising opportunities at the Dar es Salaam Port, following an increase in cargo volume.

This was revealed by TATOA Chairperson, Mr Elias Lukumay in Dar es Salaam on Friday when briefing journalists about the Annual General Meeting slated for today.

He said an increase in cargo handled at Dar Port will be one of the main agenda of the meeting.

The meeting which will be graced by Minister for Works and Transport Prof Makame Mbarawa will also discuss other challenges facing truck owners and transporters within and outside the country.

"Expansion of the country's sea ports of Dar es Salaam, Tanga and Mtwara has led to an increase of cargo being brought in the country. TATOA members and other transporters have unequivocally decided to hold a meeting and contemplate on how we can tap such opportunity which contributes to business and trade growth," Mr Lukumay said.

He noted that the increase in cargo volume at Dar Port has created a shortage of trucks, thus calling for immediate measures to ensure that the cargo is handled as required.

The TATOA Chairman said that there were more than 900 registered members, while every year, more than 30,000 trucks are renewing their licences to carry out freight business in the country.

"Therefore, here many Tanzanians are already employed in the sector and if we tap this potential of shipping this stranded cargo, it means more youths will be able to earn income," he said.

Also, the TATOA boss highlighted that the government is benefiting from various taxes and levies from trucks using the country's roads. He gave an example of the fuel tankers, where more than four million litres are transported every day.

Mr Lukumay highlighted some of the challenges to be discussed during the meeting as cross border business, where some Tanzanian registered trucks are being held in foreign countries over different baseless claims.

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