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Move over, Durban: there’s a quicker way to get containers to Joburg

A dry port in Komatipoort will significantly cut transportation time from Maputo to SA’s industrial hub

Matthew Hill and Borges Nhamire

A new inland transit facility between SA and Mozambique could slash transport times between the Maputo port and the region’s industrial and business hub.

DP World’s new dry port depot in Komatipoort, on SA’s border with Mozambique, operates as a bonded container facility, allowing shippers to clear customs quicker when they arrive from Maputo 100km away. That way, a container can reach Gauteng within a day of it arriving in Maputo, the Dubai-based port operator said.

Durban harbour, which handles 69% of SA’s maritime imports, has struggled to meet demand and cut transit times, with inbound containers spending an average of three days in the port, and those for export almost double that time...

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