The Namibian ambassador to Zimbabwe, Dr Panduleni Kaino Shingenge has expressed the need for Zimbabwean companies to make use of the Port of Walvis Bay as it will be greatly beneficial to them.

The ambassador mentioned numerous advantages to landlocked companies such as Zimbabwe should they use the port for imports and exports which include, reduced time and cost savings, high reliability and cargo security.

Mr Shingenge was officiating at a meeting between Namibian firm, the Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG), and Zimbabwe Freight Forwarders Association to promote the use of the Walvis Bay Corridors in Harare recently.

Shingenge said: “Since the first cargo volumes for Zimbabwe has started moving via the Port of Walvis Bay in July 2007, we have seen a significant increase, especially during the past 24 months.”

“Namibia is, therefore, sincerely grateful that this corridor route, which also offers an option via the Trans-Caprivi Corridor or the Trans-Kalahari Corridor, has extended to become a preferred trade route for some importers and exporters in Zimbabwe.”

“We therefore urge the Government of Zimbabwe to complete its dry port infrastructure within the Port of Walvis Bay in order for more importers and exporters to develop Walvis Bay, Namibia, as its preferred trade route for Southern Africa,” added Shingenge.

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