The Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) will transport 18m liters (18,000t) of petroleum products to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the next one year.
This is the result from a recently signed Agreement between TAZARA and African Fossils Limited of Tanzania, according to TAZARA’s press release from July 17th 2016.
The first consignment of about 1m liters (1,000t) has already departed the port of Dar es Salaam.
TAZARA expects the initial 2m liters (2,000t) to be successfully delivered to the DRC within the next one month.
“This import order is particularly key because it fulfills our desire to balance the flow of traffic in both directions of our line as most of the traffic we are currently moving comprises exports from Zambia and DRC”, the press release indicates.
The fuel order is the second import consignment to be secured within a month, following the transportation order for 48m liters (48,000t) of petroleum for Malawi, secured in the end of June 2016.
In 2015–2016, TAZARA transported 130,000t of cargo, compared to 87,680t in 2014–2015, representing an increase of 48%.
TAZARA plans to improve its cargo traffic by 200% in 2016–2017, reaching 381,000t. This will account for 8% of TAZARA’s designed capacity of 5m t.