Quelimane is a small seaport 12.2 nautical miles up the Cuácua River (ex-Bons Sinais). It is a short and convenient route for the export of regional agricultural crops from the Province of Zambézia, such as rice, cotton and forestry products. With the decline of production during the civil war late last century, the exports almost came to a halt and the port fell into decline. However, following the end of the war and the concession to Cornelder Mozambique in 2004, the port underwent a rehabilitation programme that included a new concrete quay of 230 m long, and is now in good operational conditions. The Government and Cornelder agreed in December 2017 to end the concession agreement and the port management returned to Mozambique Ports and Railways Administration (CFM).
The electric power supply is stable; notwithstanding, a 250 KVA generator ensures power supply at all times, mainly for the cold chain installations and the security lighting along the security fence that surrounds the port area.
The port area borders a freight railway station with two warehouses in reasonable condition.
The road network that leads to Quelimane is mostly paved to the South (Caia), to the North (Mocuba and further to Nampula and Nacala), and to the West (Milange at the border with Malawi).
Quelimane is also connected to the Zambezi River by inland waterways used by Sena Sugar Factory at Marromeu, with barges for sugar exports through Quelimane. Sena Sugar has a pontoon crane with a capacity of 25 mt at the port to discharge these barges.
Key port information may also be found at:
Port Location and Contact
Province or District
Nearest Town or City with Distance from Port
Quelimane Port is in town
Port's Complete Name
Port of Quelimane
Managing Company or Port Authority
Mozambique Ports and Railways Administration (CFM), CFM Centro, Zambézia Delegation
Management Contact Person
Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures
Quelimane, only operates national carriers
CFM Centro, Zambézia Delegation, manages the port.
For more information on port contacts, please see the following link: 4.3 Port and Waterways Companies Contact List
The channel draft is 4.9 - 6.1 m (tidal) and the maximum vessel size is 150 m in length. The port is not congested and priority to humanitarian cargo is easily negotiable. The major limitation of the port is the access channel draft.
From November to March
Major Import Campaigns
Handling Figures for 2017
130 (113 in 2016)
Container Traffic (TEUs)
4,403 (5,654 in 2016)
Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk for 2017
11,679 (45,487 in 2016)
Break bulk (mt)
For information on port rates and charges, please see the following links: (OBS: Cornelder Tariff Book includes all except maritime services, which are included in the CFM Port Tariffs)
Type of Berth
4.9 - 6.1
There is just one pilot boat.
Imports - Bagged Cargo
Exports - Bagged Cargo
Imports and Exports - RoRo
CFM Centro, Zambézia Delegation, manages the port equipment.
Total Quantity and Capacity Available
Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage
RoRo Tugmaster (with Trailer)
Grain Elevator with Bagging Machines
The container facilities are very basic.
Container Facilities Available
Container Freight Station (CFS)
Refrigerated Container Stations
Other Capacity Details
Daily Take Off Capacity
Number of Reefer Stations
Emergency Take-off Capacity
Off take Capacity of Gang Shift
Customs regulations follow SADC regional integration requirements combined with existing local procedures depending on the cargo being cleared. Principal legislation, contacts and other useful customs-related information are available from the Mozambican Customs Authority (www.alfandegas.gov.mz)
The process of application for exemption of duties comprises following steps:
For more information on customs in Mozambique, please see the following link: 1.3 Customs Information
Number of Storage Facilities
Stevedoring is provided by CFM using port equipment and casual labour recruited on a daily basis.
The cargo is moved to and from the port by road. The road network that serves the port of Quelimane is mostly paved to the South (Caia), to the North (Mocuba and further to Nampula and Nacala), and to the west (Milange at the border with Malawi).
Quelimane is also connected to the Zambezi River by inland waterways used by Sena Sugar Factory at Marromeu, with barges for sugar exports through Quelimane.
Besides the security guards, a security fence surrounds the port area, illuminated at night with security lighting along the fence. In order to ensure 24-hour power supply, the port has a 250 KVA stand-by generator.
Current ISPS Level