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Mozambique and Malawi to Resume Rail Freight This Year

Mozambique and Malawi to Resume Rail Freight This Year

After 37 years of paralysis, Mozambique and Malawi intend to resume, later this year, the transport of various types of cargo, via the railway line, from Vila Nova de Fronteira, in Mutarara, Tete province.

According to the Chairman of Caminhos-de-Ferro de Moçambique (CFM), Miguel Matabel, the service may be achieved taking into account the good pace of reconstruction of the 72 kilometers of railway line linking the two countries.

“In a first phase, the cargo trains departing from the port of Beira [Sofala province] will go to Marka [a town located in the Nsanje district of Malawi], where they will unload at the dry port that is already under construction. From this point, the cargo will be transported by trucks to the commercial city of Blantyre, in a route of about 200 kilometers, thus shortening the distance of 900 kilometers,” explained the PCA.

For Miguel Matabel, the resumption of the transport will be a milestone in the bilateral relationship between Mozambique and Malawi, because it will stamp a new stage of trade between the countries.

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“The entry into operation of this railway line, in addition to ensuring a financial input for both countries, will reduce transport costs, and therefore lower prices, along the corridor and in Malawi, stimulating the development of the hinterland region,” concluded the source.


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