According to Director General Eric Hamissi, only 5 million out of the 17 million tonnes of sea freight imported though Dar es Salaam port last year were destined for land-linked neighbouring countries.
This means with DR Congo, Zambia and Rwanda being the largest markets for the goods in that order, the rest of the imports are for home consumption within Tanzania.
Mr Hamissi stated that it is TPA’s goal to trade with all neighbouring countries. He stated that TPA aims to improve Dar es Salaam port services to boost the cargo tonnages handled annually from the current 17 million to 30 million tonnes in the next two years.
He also said TPA is looks to promote the Port of Dar Es Salaam internationally in the same manner as Beira, Durban and Mombasa.
Mr Hamissi made these remarks at the 12th Tanzania National Business Council (TNBC) meeting in Dar es Salaam recently.