The overall cargo handling in the Mozambican rail and port system recorded a growth of 67 million tons in 2021, compared to 57.6 million tons in the previous year, which represented an increase of 9.4 million tons.
These figures are included in the Annual Report and Accounts of the company Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (CFM), for the 2021 economic year.
The document points out that, similarly to 2020, the 2021 fiscal year started with an economic contraction trend associated with the effects of covid-19 which, domestically, was characterized by the intensification of confinement measures during the first quarter, motivated by the outbreak of the third wave in June.
Still, CFM management recorded growth in rail-port cargo handling in general.
Specifically, in the rail system in particular, the company accounted for about 18.9 million net tons from January to December 2021 versus 16.8 million tons carried in 2020, representing a 13% growth and a 75% execution level compared to plan.
On the lines operated by CFM, during the period under review, about 10.6 million net tons were transported against 10.5 million tons in the same period of 2020, which corresponds to an 85% realization compared to the plan, with a 1% growth.
“In terms of passenger transport, 3.1 million passengers were transported in the period under review against 3.5 million recorded in the same period of 2020, which corresponds to a reduction of 13% and an achievement level of 71%, as a reflection of the social confinement motivated by the covid-19 pandemic,” the report points out.
On the other hand, regarding the port area, the company registered an execution level of 94% which corresponds to an 18% increase in relation to the previous period’s execution, by registering 48.2 million metric tons handled, against 41 million metric tons registered in the same period of 2020.