Transport volumes for goods between Zambia and Namibia increased to more than 40 000 tons for September 2017, although roughly 400 trucks were impounded in Zambia earlier this year, the New Era reports.
According to statistics, import and export volumes for the Zambian market via the port of Walvis Bay in Namibia, has increased by 15% over the last financial year. These statistics indicate significant confidence in the Walvis Bay-Ndola-Lubumbashi Development Corridor (WBNLDC), especially in the Zambian Market.
These record levels come after these countries’ respective governments attempted to repair relations after the Zambian government impounded trucks from neighbouring countries to verify relevant permits for the goods transported.
Earlier this year AfricanFarming.com reported that 94 trucks were impounded due to concerns around illegal trade in Mukula timber.
Zambia imposed a trade ban on wood in January in an attempt to protect Mukula tree. This decision came after an increase demand from China and is also an effort to restrict deforestation.
Mr. Johny Smith, Walvis Bay Corridor Group CEO, says that the Zambian market achieved a balance between imports and exports, which reduced costs along this corridor over time. The WBNLDC links the Walvis Bay’s harbour with Zambia, the southern Democratic Republic of the Congo and Zimbabwe.
The corridor stretches over 2 500 km and in 2005, the WBCG opened an office in Lusaka to support growth in that market to create awareness of the Walvis Bay corridors and the Walvis Bay’s harbour.
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