There are over three thousand transport companies operating within Zimbabwe. This include commercial transport companies and own-account operators. The operators are registered with the Zimbabwe Road Operators Association, and this is mandatory for all interested transporters. The industry is slowly growing despite the prevailing economic challenges affecting the country. The country is using multicurrency of United States Dollar, bond notes and electronic cash.
The macro-economy shock has impacted the transporting capacity across Zimbabwe, primarily due to fuel access. Fuel queues can be days long and rationed. Some fuel providers have direct fuel importation and will trade in US dollars. Transport providers with access to USD are able to continue functioning. The transporters are providing their services locally and regionally, depending with their capacities to service these routes. Many of the larger companies have fared well through these times but the smaller ones have struggled with upkeep and maintenance.
Transport requirement for most shippers is seasonal. Most parts of the country require transport services for the movement of tobacco, cotton and maize grain, especially soon after the summer season. In some cases, transporters are engaged by some NGOs, usually during the humanitarian food assistance. Very few transport users require transport services constantly throughout the year, e.g. Mining and Manufacturing. The current capacity is more than enough to meet domestic requirements. Foreign operators can provide transport services, but with specific conditions.
Humanitarian partners have assessed transport providers for contractual purposes for food assistance and emergency relief distribution in flood season. For more information on transport company contact details, please see the following link: 4.8 Zimbabwe Transporter Contact List
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