Tanzania and China inaugurate a direct maritime link
Par Ibrahima DIALLO
31 January 2024 / 13:08

For most African countries, China is a major supplier with whom closer links via more direct routes produce advantages in terms of costs and lead times for commercial shipments.  

A direct sea link has been launched between Tanzania and China by Korea Marine Transport Company Limited (KMTC), which has operated its first shipment to the port of Dar es Salaam.

"The arrival of the KMTC, with its 1,500 containers of cargo, marks an important development for Tanzania, not only for domestic companies, but also for customers in neighboring countries. This new route is a great step forward for the port and a huge opportunity for trade prosperity between Tanzania and Asian countries," said Godius Kahyarara.

In particular, the new service should reduce shipping times from China from 6 weeks to 3, according to the authorities.

The new road was launched as part of the Tanzanian government's strategic plan to transform the port of Dar es Salaam into a regional maritime and logistics hub for the exchange of goods between the region's landlocked countries and the rest of the world. As part of this vision, the country is building railroad lines to connect these various states.

It should be noted that, with the reconfiguration of the structure of the world's major production hubs, China has become the main supplier to several East African countries. According to official figures, trade volumes between China and Tanzania have increased by 23.7% year-on-year, reaching 8.31 billion USD in 2022, 3.5 times more than in 2012.

Coated flat-rolled iron, rubber shoes and woven fabrics made from synthetic filament yarn are just some of the products imported from China, while in return Tanzania exports agricultural and mining raw materials such as oilseeds and refined copper.

Agence Ecofin

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