Utilising its partnerships with the National Railways of Zimbabwe, CFM Caminhos de Ferro de Mocambique and Traxtion, Unitrans Africa has opened a dedicated rail service between Maputo port and three major Zimbabwean trade hubs – Harare, Bulawayo and Gweru.
Until now this key section of rail has been largely underutilised, says Unitrans.
Operational from June, the new public-private partnership rail link enables importers and exporters to use the multipurpose deep-water port at Maputo, in Mozambique, to connect with customers in the hinterland.
Rising mineral exports from Africa, in tandem with a growing population, are creating increasing demand for the import of goods and services, says Unitrans.
“This new transport service will be a game-changer for the relevant stakeholders.”
As well as promoting new trade opportunities for customers in Zimbabwe and Maputo, the rail service aims to reduce transit times, increase efficiency and offer a more reliable service, notes Unitrans.
“Beyond this, the service complements initiatives to improve health and safety through lightening the load on an already overburdened road infrastructure. The positive economic impact of this more cost- and time-efficient trade corridor will be felt throughout the region.”
“We look forward to growing and developing this positive trade solution as we engage and respond to our customers’ changing needs,” notes Unitrans Africa CEO Rob Hayworth.