Dubai logistics firm DP World launches first Maputo-Harare rail service

LEFT TO RIGHT: Vinay Maharaj, Mark Pretorius, Mark Neel (DP World), Christian Roeder (DP World)

DP World Maputo, the Dubai-based company that manages Maputo’s container terminal, has launched a train service to Harare that will slash transport times between the two cities.

The company, one of the world’s largest logistics companies, ran its first service between Maputo and Harare last Friday and plans to run a train once a week. The line is part of DP World’s plan to connect several countries in Southern Africa – Maputo with South Africa, Zimbabwe and Swaziland – by rail.

“This rail service between Maputo and Harare is key to reopening the route between these markets to drive more efficient logistics in the region. Through this service, which we will facilitate and handle all port and border documentation, we can cut down transit times, give our customers better service and improve the connections between cities,” said Christian Roeder, CEO of DP World Maputo.

The company expects the new service to significantly cut transit times for customers in Zimbabwe, who ship in freight via road either through Beira or from Duban in South Africa.

“Following the launch of the bi-weekly rail service, DP World Maputo will continue to work with all the stakeholders involved to make this a weekly train service between the two cities, to allow even greater cost saving and planning opportunities for businesses and individuals who need reliable, efficient transportation of goods,” the company said.

Recently, DP World launched a service from Maputo to Komatipoort in South Africa. The company’s new dry port at Komatipoort, near the Mozambian border, operates as a bonded container warehouse, allowing shippers to clear customs within a day of cargo arriving in Maputo.

DP World controls about 10% of all containerised cargo traffic, according to reports. In January, the company signed a US$1 billion deal to manage the port of Luanda until 2040. DP World last year announced a plan to expand its operations in Africa.