DAR ES SALAAM
Tanzania (Xinhua) -- The Tanzania
Ports Authority (TPA) said on Saturday the recent introduction
of the Value Added Tax (VAT) on transit goods and the single
customs territory have decreased business at the Dar es Salaam
port by 42 percent since July.
Deusdedit Kakoko, TPA
Director General, said the port was now trying to lure back
traders, especially from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
who shunned the port following the introduction of the two
Briefing a parliamentary committee on Industry, Trade and
Investment and the ports stakeholders in Dar es Salaam, Kakoko
said cut-throat competition at the Dar es Salaam port which has
intensified has led to cargo diversion to other regional
He said, to lure them back the government would engage local
stakeholders with the Congolese businessmen through a one-on-one
sharing experience aimed at improving the business at the port.
"I wish to extend an invitation for you (stakeholders) to
join hands with TPA and undertake a vigorous promotional and
customer awareness campaign in DRC," he said.
Kakoko said since the introduction of the two services in
July this year, business has dropped by 42 percent leading job
losses in various sectors including freight forwarding and
clearing companies and inland container deports.
"We have already initiated the necessary preparations for the
intended visit to the Kivu and Katanga provinces in the Eastern
He appealed to the stakeholders to facilitate to their
delegates in terms of air tickets, subsistence allowances and
any other networking expenses that may be required.
"I believe that our team work spirit is necessary to enable
us face the existing challenges, build trust and reputation and
improve services delivery, which would ultimately boost our
volume of business for DRC," he said.