Central East African Railways (Cear) has projected an increase in cargo volumes in 2017 by 14.9 percent translating to 734, 640 tonnes compared to last year’s 639, 211.
Cear Communications and Corporate Image Manager, Chisomo Mwamadi, said the increase is due to continued customer trust and confidence in the Nacala Corridor.
“We made huge investments and we are happy with the amount of cargo we hauled last year. This year, we are targeting 734, 640 tonnes of cargo. We are optimistic that it will be achieved,” Mwamadi said.
He said that prospects for this year are looking good having moved about 30, 000 tonnes this January alone compared to the same period last year.
Last year, the railway operator transported more imports at 163, 913 tonnes, local goods like cement, tobacco and fertiliser at 45, 652 tonnes then followed by exports at 42, 597 while other cargo like soap at 10, 322 tonnes.
“The increase in imports transportation was driven by growth in demand for goods like wheat, grain, diesel and fertiliser, while goods exported included sugar and pigeon peas. So, as you can see, we import more than export. But locally, there was a lot of shipping of tobacco, fertiliser and cement,” he said.