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Zimbabwe has a sensitive political and economic climate. However, the country is endowed with functional and effective logistics systems. Zimbabwe has a well-developed expertise in the field of transport and logistics, dedicated to serving both the commercial sector as well as international humanitarian organizations. A wide range of reliable logistics services and solutions, from the storage of general merchandise to leading-edge solutions for the supply chain, are found in all major towns and cities. These logistics solutions and services which are readily accessible in Zimbabwe include:

  • Specialized handling equipment
  • Computerized warehouse management
  • Q-HSE policy
  • Advanced receiving and inspection processes
  • Secured storage
  • Inventory control
  • Value-added services (repacking, co-packing, labelling, etc.)
  • Order preparation
  • Cross-docking

For contact information for the storage companies, please see the following link: 4.6 Zimbabwe Storage and Milling Company Contact List

For more information on Zimbabwe storage, please see the following attachment: Additional Zimbabwe Storage Information 

Commercial Storage

Location

Owner

Available for Rent

Capacity
mt / m² / m³

Type [1]

Access [2]

Condition [3]

HarareManica, ZimbabweYes11,091 m²In-door storageFlatIntact
HarareNational FoodsYes3,735 m²In-door storageFlatIntact
GweruNational FoodsYes4,748 m²In-door storageFlatIntact
MutareGMSYes10,000 m²In-door storageFlatIntact
BeitbridgeManica, ZimbabweYes10,000 m²Open StorageFlatIntact
BeitbridgeFrank CollinsYes10,000 m²Open StorageFlatIntact
BulawayoIONELAYes8,767 m²In-door storageFlatIntact
BulawayoNational FoodsYes3,953 m²In-door storageFlatIntact
ChinhoyiNorthern Holdings  SiloFlatIntact

[1] Warehouse Type: Open storage, container, rub-hall, silo, concrete, other, unspecified

[2] Warehouse Access: Raised-siding, flat

[3] Warehouse condition: Appears intact, appears damaged, under construction/repair

Storage Used by Humanitarian Organizations

Major humanitarian organizations in Zimbabwe (UN and local and international NGOs) lease or hire out warehouses from commercial service providers. This is a standard practice in Zimbabwe for both humanitarian and commercial actors on the market. Main products stored by humanitarian organisations and NGOs include food items and Non-food items used in the development and rebuilding of communities and assets in the communities. Adequacy, accessibility and availability of ancillary services is not a challenge in Zimbabwe, especially if the warehouse is located in a town or city. Use of mobile storage facilities is also common among the NGO, UN and international organisations operating in Zimbabwe. Collaboration and space sharing is common with humanitarian actors and this has seen savings being realised by organisations engaging such collaborations.

The WFP Zimbabwe operation has 2 operational warehouses and several extended delivery points run by NGOs in partnership with WFP. The warehouses are strategically located to service the most insecure and needy parts of the country. These warehouses are located in Harare, and Bulawayo. The Mutare and Masvingo warehouses were closed in December 2014 due to scaling down of operations. The WFP warehousing and handling service providers are normally given 12 to 24 months contracts through a competitive process of tendering. 

LocationOrganization

Sharing Possibility
(Yes / No)

Capacity
mt / m² / m³

Type [1]Access [2]Condition [3]
HarareUNICEFYes7,376 m²In-door storageFlatIntact
HarareWHOYes450 m²In-door storageFlatIntact
HarareFAOYes1,500 m2In-door storageFlatIntact
HarareUNFPAYes300 m2In-door storageFlatIntact
HarareRed Cross/IFRCYes1,000 m2In-door storageFlatIntact
HarareUNDP-GFYes1,500 m2In-door storageFlatIntact
BeitbridgeIOMYes100 m²Open StorageFlatIntact
MasvingoUSAIDYes1,000 m2In-door storageFlatIntact
MutareUSAIDYes1,000 m2In-door storageFlatIntact

[1] Warehouse Type: Open storage, container, rub-hall, silo, concrete, other, unspecified

[2] Warehouse Access: Raised-siding, flat

[3] Warehouse condition: Appears intact, appears damaged, under construction/repair

Public Sector Storage

The Department of Civil Protection (DCP) has a staff complement of seven officers at the Head Office. The operations of the Civil Protection Organization are multisectoral and interdisciplinary in scope. Their mission is to coordinate and promote strategic planning for emergencies at the individual, community, sectoral, local authority and national levels through regulatory mechanisms in order to provide for and ensure optimal emergency preparedness and disaster prevention in Zimbabwe. The Mandate of DCP covers overall coordination of all stakeholders involved in disaster risk management, promotes preparedness planning, prompts emergency response, early recovery and rehabilitation of affected elements and advocates for integration of disaster risk reduction into development for sustainability.

The core functions of ensuring  the attainment of optimal capacity for disaster risk management include:

  • Develop and maintain a disaster risk management framework in line with international best practice
  • To strengthen coping capacities of the general public in relation to the country’s risk profile
  • To develop mechanisms to address the identified gaps in the above functions

 

LocationMinistry / Agency

Use Possibility
(Yes / No)

Capacity
mt / m² / m³

Type [1]Access [2]Condition [3]
All Provinces and districtsDepartment of Civil ProtectionNo+/- 1,000 m2Semi-permanent structureYesOutdoor

[1] Warehouse Type: Open storage, container, rub-hall, silo, concrete, other, unspecified

[2] Warehouse Access: Raised-siding, flat

[3] Warehouse condition: Appears intact, appears damaged, under construction/repair

For more information, please see the Civil Protection Directorate of Zimbabwe website

Cold Chain

The cold chain is comprised mainly of private companies as the Government Cold Storage Commission (CSC) is facing liquidation as a result of poor management.

Location

Organisation / Owner

Type [1]

Cooling /  Power [2]

Total Capacity
mt

Condition

Harare

Seedex Ent.

Refrigerator

Compression

300 mt

Good

HarareZenith Distr.

Cold room neg.

Compression

250 mt

Good

Harare

Crest

Cold room neg.

Compression

700 mt

Good

Harare/Masvingo/Chinhoyi

Cold Storage Co.

 

 

 

Poor

Harare

Colcom

Cold room neg.

Compression

 

Good

Mutare

Crest

Cold room neg.

Compression

180 mt

Good

Mutare

Crest

Cold room neg.

Compression

240 mt

Good

Mutare

Badhella W/Salers

Cold room neg.

Compression

75 mt

Good


[1] Cold Room Positive, Cold Room Negative, Refrigerator, Freezer,

[2] Compression, Absorption, Solar, Other, unspecified

 

For more information on Zimbabwe storage, please see the following attachment: Additional Zimbabwe Storage Information