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CFM Handled 26.6M Tonnes of Goods in 2023

CFM Handled 26.6M Tonnes of Goods in 2023

The company Portos e Caminhos-de-Ferro de Moçambique (CFM) reported that the rail-port system would transport around 26.6 million tonnes net in 2023 in the national territory, an increase of around 8% compared to the same period last year.

The data was revealed by Agostinho Langa Júnior, CFM’s chairmans, on Thursday (25) in Maputo, during the opening of the XXVII Council of Directors of Empresa Portos e Caminhos-de-Ferro de Moçambique.

Quoted by Agência de Informação de Moçambique (AIM), the source explained that on the lines operated by the company, cargo transport showed growth, reaching 12.4 million net tonnes. Although the increase is more modest, just 1% compared to 2023, “it reflects the continued activity and importance of the lines in the transport of goods”.

“In terms of passengers, more than seven million people were transported, which corresponds to a growth of 25 per cent compared to the same period in 2022,” added Langa.

In the port area, there was an increase in cargo handling to 63.4 million metric tonnes, compared to 56.5 million in 2022. “Regarding the terminals under the company’s management, around 12.3 million metric tonnes were handled during this period, compared to 13.2 million in 2022, which represents a reduction of around 7%, reflecting the fall in coal exports and liquid fuel imports through the Port of Beira,” he pointed out, noting: “these productive results allowed the Economic-Financial Performance (from January to December 2023) to be positive.”

Langa emphasised the significant challenges facing the country’s rail-port system in 2023, such as natural disasters and regional economic difficulties, but despite the obstacles, the company remained committed to its projects.

With regard to the company’s investments, CFM’s chairmans made it known that they totalled around 8.7 billion meticals, a figure that corresponds to 90% of what was budgeted, highlighting the completion of projects such as the rehabilitation and expansion of the Port of Nacala and the Machipanda line, the doubling of the Ressano Garcia line, the upgrading of Maputo Central Station and the acquisition of locomotives and wagons for the port area.

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