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Zambia was the biggest importer and exporter in terms of cargo via the Port of Walvis Bay

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Zambia was the biggest importer and exporter in terms of cargo via the Port of Walvis Bay during the period April 2017 to March 2018.

Zambia accounted for nearly 60 percent of total volumes of containerised transit cargo imported via the Port of Walvis Bay during the said period.

This is according to the Namibia State of Logistics Report of 2018 that was presented on Tuesday to the logistics sector by Logan Fransman, the director of Namibian German Centre for Logistics.

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) accounted for 26 percent of imported cargo followed by Angola with 10.4 percent.

According to Fransman, Zimbabwe on the other hand had 39.7 percent of imported dry-bulk cargo transiting via the Port of Walvis Bay, closely followed by Zambia at 39.1 percent. Malawi at 10.5 percent, Botswana 7.1 percent and DRC three percent.

Zambia also accounted for 51.8 percent of all inbound transit cargo via the Port of Walvis Bay in 2017 and 47.9 percent in 2016.

“Zambia’s exports comprising mostly of copper and wooden products and accounted for 85.7 percent of total outbound transit cargo that was 72.5 percent in 2016,” he explained during his presentation.

He added that Zambia also had the lions’ share, 91.2 percent of containerised exports, followed by DRC with 52.9 percent of total break-bulk cargo transiting via the Port of Walvis Bay.

Zimbabwean exports on the other hand represented at least 30.8 percent of the break-bulk transiting via the port, followed by Angola 8.7 and Botswana with 3.2 percent respectively.

The report also states that cargo from Botswana overall are quite low, but remains optimistic that the situation could significantly improve with the opening of the Botswana Railways dry port facility at Walvis Bay. Cargo flow to countries such as Angola, Congo (Brazzaville), Malawi, Tanzania, and Mozambique are also generally quite low, and can be considered as random flows according to the report.

“The trade link to Zambia seems to be stable and in terms of volumes currently the most important one for Walvis Bay,” Fransman said.


  1. Nice. Let no Cargo transit through Toyi Toyi land of xenophobia, truck jacking, burning tires on road and “necklacing of hapless drivers”.

    Besides, Namibia Port or Dar es Salaam are shorter routes to the export markets and from import markets outside Africa

    • Not correct that Dar Es is shorter than Durban. But I agree with you on all else. Welvis Bay is the best. The Kazungula bridge gives the option of not going Durban whenever Welvis Bay is desired

  2. Good,this is why KK fought hard to liberate the entire region .To give us options on trading routes and potential for joint venture projects.Having related with Namibian,Tswanas,Zimbabweans and S.Africans,Namibian are far better people and very appreciative of Zambia did for them and the region! Let us continue collaborating more with the willing and leave alone the unappreciative self conceited ignomaruses!!

  3. In other words, Zambia is giving Namibians jobs. So we deserve to be respected, No increase of tariffs without consulting us.

    • You can say that again. There are lots of !diots in this site who cannot think. I forgot ..they are highly educated.

  4. From Zambia copper and wood products main exports, there is a story line here, they should have gone further to mention main destinations of the cargo. Deforestation at work, Chinese are loading lots of wood out of Zambia.

  5. Simple Economics, if Zambia is major exporter via Walvis Bay then most of the proceeds of those exports not trickling back into Economy, buyers and sellers are probably transacting through off shore accounts, had the Country been realising much forex from these exports the ZMW would have gained in value. The land is ours, the money is theirs.

  6. Hmm, but the missing figures speak volumes… How much came in? And of what nature? The percentage share figure for imports would then be relevant. Not just ka ma % of unspecified total of unknown stuff. Unless reality is just all the copper and wood going out, and rubbish electricals coming in? Missing data here

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