Ã¢â‚¬Å“With signs of the Zimbabwe economy stabilising combined with general trends of a more liberal economic environment and increased access to foreign credit, Damco believes that the new office in Harare will play a central role in offering Zimbabwean and regional customers much better commercial opportunities and added flexibility,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Damco in a statement. This includes cargo consolidation and a number of combinations of rail/road, break-bulk/ containerisation to and from the ports of Durban, Beira, and Maputo.
According to Nils Havsager, DamcoÃ¢â‚¬™s regional manger for Africa, the expansion into Zimbabwe is a natural part of DamcoÃ¢â‚¬™s offering to customers, and with increased logistics activities anticipated in Harare, Damco also expects Zimbabwean importers and exporters to benefit from competitive rates due to increased volumes.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We provide sound, local forwarding and supply chain management expertise combined with a global network, and Harare plays an important part as a logistics hub for neighbouring countries,Ã¢â‚¬Â says Havsager.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“An example could be minerals out of Zambia, which are typically transported as break-bulk on trucks down to Durban because of the insufficient container availability. By using Harare as a logistics hub, we can now help our customers transport their break-bulk by truck from Zambia to Harare, containerise the cargo and then use rail as a cheaper means of transport out to ports of Beira, Maputo, and Durban,Ã¢â‚¬Â explains Havsager.