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Freight and shipping of goods and cargo takes place to, from and within Mozambique via air and land and sea.
The European Commission estimates that in 2010, Mozambique’s imports of machinery and equipment, vehicles, fuel, chemicals, metal products, foodstuffs and textiles from South Africa, EU and India were worth €2.8 billion. Exports of aluminium, prawns, cashews, cotton, sugar, citrus, timber and electricity which go mainly to EU, South Africa and China had an estimated value of €1.8 billion.
With around 19 airports, 3,123 km of railway, 30,400 km of roads and about 6 ports and harbours, Mozambique has a well-established transport network. Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (CFM) is in charge of Mozambique’s ports and railway network and is a government parastatal under the Ministry for Transport and Communications.
The three primary ports are Maputo, Beira and Nacala which operate under their own port authorities. Maputo boasts facilities including dry dock, bunkering and water facilities. The port of Beira is the natural freight port for Zimbabwe, but is also important for forwarding to Malawi, Zambia, Botswana and Congo. The port of Nacala is considered to be one the best deep-sea ports on the Indian Ocean.
In the Maputo region the interests of the road hauliers are represented by the Association of Road Freight Transport Companies of Maputo (ASTROCAMA). Licenses for international road transport are issued by the Ministry of Transport and Communication.
The World Bank Logistics Performance Index (LPI) scores countries on various aspects involved with shipping and logistics on a scale of one to five with five being the highest. Mozambique scored 2.29 (2010) placing it below both the regional average for sub-Saharan Africa (2.42) and the average for the low income group (2.38) and in 136th place out of 155 countries.
Along with numerous local and international firms, Mozambique is served by global freight forwarding and courier agents TNT, DHL, Fedex and UPS (represented in the country by Skynet Worldwide Express). Customs brokerage services are also available from other international firms.
The World Bank Logistics Performance Index (LPI) scores countries on various aspects involved with shipping and logistics on a scale of one to five with five being the highest. Mozambique ranks in the top 100 out of 155 countries for shipment (87th). It ranks lower in customs (145th), infrastructure (124th), logistics (130th), tracking (135th) and timeliness (150th).