Mozambique’s first inland port is due to come on stream in 2018, with a land-based intermodal terminal directly linked to two national highways and the Beira/Machipanda railway line in the provinces of Sofala and Manica respectively, according to Mozambican daily newspaper Noticias.
The inland port will be installed at Inchope, where the two roads linking the southern, central and northern areas of the country meet, according to the head of that administrative post.
Augusto Roque said that the inland port, officially known as the Inchope Interior Customs Station, will be an international cargo terminal, allowing the concentration of containerised goods to be exported and imported out of and into the port of Beira and to countries in the interior of the continent such as Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
At a national level, the inland port of Inchope will store cargo coming from the south, central and northern regions of the country for export and import, and will relieve the port of Beira of some of its cargo processing work.
The inland port is an intermodal land terminal directly connected by road and/or railroad and perhaps by air, and a bonded warehouse is located in the secondary zone (outside the port), generally in the interior.
It also receives consolidated cargo and can process it for customs purposes immediately or work as a customs warehouse. In this way, the inland port stores importers’ goods for the period the importer wants, under a tax suspension system, and can carry out customs processing in stages.
The same process can be put in place for exports as part of a system that allows the exporter to use the inland port to store cargo and from the moment it enters all the transaction documents can be negotiated normally as if the goods have already been shipped.