25 July 2016, Dar es Salaam — Last week, the Tanzania-Zambia Railways Authority (TAZARA) landed another big deal to haul a total of 18 million litres (18,000 metric tonnes) of petroleum products to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the coming twelve months.
TAZARA Head, Public Relations Mr. Conrad Simuchile said in a statement that as they consolidate their turnaround mission, they are delighted to announce the conclusion of an agreement with African Fossils Limited of Tanzania to move 18 million litres (18,000 metric tonnes) of petroleum products to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the next one year.
“The first consignment of about one million litres (1,000 metric tonnes) has already departed the Port of Dar es Salaam and we are confident that the initial two million litres (2,000 metric tonnes) will be successfully delivered to the DRC within the next one month,” he said..
According to him, this import order is particularly key because it fulfills their desire to balance the flow of traffic in both directions of the line as most of the traffic currently moving comprises exports from Zambia and DRC.
The fuel order is the second import consignment to be secured within a month, following the transportation order for 48 million litres (48,000 metric tonnes) of petroleum products destined for Malawi starting July, 2016.
“Our target for this financial year ending 30 June 2017 is 381,000 metric tonnes, a three-fold improvement from 130,000 metric tonnes that we have recently hauled in the just ended 2015/2016 Financial Year,” Simuchile added.
- East African Business Week