By Emmanuel Simpokolwe
Transport Minister Jacob Hara has said the Dedza one-stop border post is expected to be operational by August this year.
The post has been delayed by five months as it was expected to be completed by March this year.
According to the authorities, the delay has been perpetuated by logistical hurdles experienced in the importation of some construction materials due to effects of the Covid pandemic.
Hara said he is impressed with the pace at which the project is moving, saying it is faster than the situation at Mchinji and Mwanza border posts.
“Construction of the one-stop border post will lead to an improvement in the processing of imports and exports at the border between Malawi and Mozambique, which will see a reduction in waiting time at the border.
“The project is progressing very well. The contractor and the consultant are doing a very good job and working together and everything is perfect. This new border post will bring efficiency and will facilitate trade between the two countries so that it is easier to do trade,” Hara said.
Dedza Border Post Station Manager Moses Masina said smuggling challenges are rampant in the area and believes the project will reduce such cases.
“People just bypass the border and some goods are not declared. We believe the new border post will bring some new controls on how to manage imports and exports,” Masina said.
According to Masina, the border handles over 70 trucks a month where they are able to collect revenue amounting to almost K2.6 billion.
The Dedza one-stop border post is a World Bank-funded project to the tune of $9.57 million.