Zimbabwe’s trade volumes through the Port of Walvis Bay has grown significantly
Trade for Zimbabwe via Walvis Bay has increased in recent years and a large volume of commodities are transported along this corridor. Zimbabwe's trade volumes through the Port of Walvis Bay has grown significantly to about 2,500 tonnes per month.
In September 2009, the government of Namibia granted Zimbabwe 19,000 square metres of land to construct its own dry port to boost trade beyond the continent. Now, the National Railways of Zimbabwe's (NRZ) subsidiary Road Motor Services (RMS) is leasing about 10,000 square metres of cargo handling and storage space available at the Zimbabwe Dry Port Facility in the Port of Walvis Bay, Namibia.
Due to Zimbabwe's position in the region, it depends on its neighbours both for transit and access to the seas. Traders have an option either to use the Trans-Kalahari or Trans-Caprivi Corridor as a link to the Atlantic market of Europe. Located in the Port of Walvis Bay, to the South Western coast of Namibia, the dry port is a link to Western Europe through the Atlantic Ocean.
South Africa also uses the Walvis Bay as an alternative to their Durban port and it has completed the construction of its dry port, which is already operational.
Source: The Southern Times