Namport increases total cargo handling
Despite the current global shortage of containers, the Namibian Ports Authority (Namport) recorded positive growth in its just-ended 2021/22 financial year, increasing total cargo handling to 6.5 million tonnes, or an increase of 380,541 tonnes.
According to Namport, the increase in volumes was mainly due to increased ship visits of 289 ships or 22%. The ship’s gross tonnage has also increased by 3.4 million. Contributing to the increase, handling of TEUs (twenty pieces of equipment) amounted to 168,278, of which 61,106 TEUs or 36% were exported, 69,467 TEUs or 41% were imported and 37,705 TEUs or 22% were transshipments. TEUs increased by 12,298 or 8%.
“This increase is mainly due to the increase in containerized products such as copper, charcoal, frozen fish, marble, frozen poultry, sugar, chemicals, scrap metal and wood products”, Namport said.
Meanwhile, bulk and bulk (BBB) volumes handled amounted to 4.4 million, of which 1.8 million tonnes or 40% were exports, 2.6 million tonnes or 59% were of imports and 34,709 tons or 1% were transhipped.
“BBB volumes were up year-over-year by 360,189 tonnes or 9%. This increase was due to the increase in commodities such as petroleum, steel, frozen fish, ammonium nitrate, iron ore, marble, spare parts for ships, manganese ore and flat cartons,” added Namport.
In addition, cross-border volumes increased by 10%, from 1,464,000 gross tons (2020/2021) to 1,606,984 gross tons (2021/2022).
South Africa held the majority of the port’s total cross-border market share at 48%, followed by Zambia at 23%, DRC (15%), Zimbabwe (6%), Botswana (6%) , Angola at 2%) and Malawi at (1%).
The main products exported from SADC countries via Namibia included copper, manganese ore and timber (timber) products, while the main products imported into Namibia were destined for SADC countries: frozen poultry, vehicle on own wheels, machines, spare parts, tires, chemicals (for mining). use), electrical appliances, electrical equipment and malt.