The Tazara railway
station in Dar es
Chingola, Zambia — 18 March 2013 – Konkola Copper Mines(KCM) is to consider increasing transportation of copper to the port of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania on the TAZARA railway line, provided that the jointly-owned railway firm delivers on time. quotes KCM head of marketing, logistics and concentrate procurement, Amol Mehra as saying that KCM is ready to increase its monthly transportation of cargo through Tazara  to 10,000t, as long as the railway firm is consistently able to deliver on time.

Mehra was speaking when the acting TAZARA managing director Damas Ndumbaro met two of the company’s major clients, KCM and Impala Warehousing and Logistics in Chingola and Ndola respectively.

Ndumbaro said TAZARA was currently undergoing transformation that would lead to improved performance following the introduction and linking of managers to performance-based contracts.

“I can assure you that TAZARA is undergoing transformation as both the Tanzanian and Zambian Governments are keen to see change. He assured TAZARA’s clients that the company would undergo remarkable changes because it was the desire of the shareholders to transform the company into a catalyst of development in the region, as was originally envisioned by the founders of TAZARA.

The acting managing director of TAZARA was in Zambia to tie up loose ends with some of the key customers on the Zambian Copperbelt following the signing of a Tripartite Agreement by the three national railways, Zambia Railways Limited (ZRL), Congolese National Railways (SNCC) and TAZARA.

With the Tripartite Agreement in place, cargo can now move in either direction and all the way from Dar es Salaam to New Kapiri-Mposhi and Lubumbashi and vice versa without necessarily trans-shipping, re-marshalling or complications of any kind.

The Tripartite Agreement also means that inter-mine operations on the Copperbelt can now effectively resume, with ZRL or TAZARA picking up copper from the yards of the copper mines for direct transportation to the port of Dar es Salaam.
This means that the mining companies can cut on security, logistical and handling costs, passing over the copper freight from their yards directly to the railways instead of trans-shipping from road to rail at Kapiri-Mposhi.
Caption, Pic 1: The Tazara railway station in Dar es Salaam.

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