Mozambique - 2.1.1 Mozambique Port of Beira

Port Overview 

The Port of Beira is the second largest port in Mozambique. It is located at the mouth of the Púngue River, 20 km from the open sea and about 1,200 km north of Maputo. 

Served by extensive rail and road network systems, Beira is the main port for exports and imports from the Mozambique provinces of Sofala, Manica and Tete, and a strategic gateway for the landlocked countries in southeast Africa. It provides a short and quick access route for transit cargoes to/from Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana and DRC. A fuel pipeline also links the port with Zimbabwe. 

The port of Beira has 11 berths stretching over a total length of 1,994 m. This excludes berth nr. 1, which is reserved as a fishing harbour. ‘Cornelder de Moçambique’ (CdM), a joint venture between the state-owned Mozambique Ports and Railways (CFM) and Cornelder Holding from the Netherlands, has operated it since 1998 with concession for CT and GC excluding Oil terminal and Coal Terminal (TCC8) which are operated by CFM. 

Beira is a tidal port – pilotage and tug assistance is always therefore compulsory. Access to the port is made through the 135 m wide dredged Macuti Channel (17 nautical miles from the Macuti lighthouse), with an actual minimum depth of 8 m below the chart datum in the Macuti curve. Systematic dredging is required to maintain the channel depths and width. The maximum accepted draft is obtained by adding 6.8 m to the height of the tide at that moment. This includes a safety margin of 1.2 m of the keel clearance. 

The Terminals operated by Cornelder de Moçambique can receive ships with a maximum tonnage of 40,000 tons, 24 hours a day. Vessels awaiting berth must anchor at the pilot station. 

Port of Beira has benefited of some investments by Cornelder. The Container terminal benefitted from an investment to increase the capacity of its container storage space to an area of 3 ha, as well as the building of a new five lane access road, with the option to add a further two lanes in the future. There has been investment in equipment such as in terminal tractors, reachstackers, RoRo tugmasters, forklifts, weighbridges. With the projection expansion of storage yard, in addition to using Rubber Tyred Gantry Cranes (RTG´s) the port will be able to handle 700,000.00 TEU. 

The Container Port Performance Index (CPPI) is produced by the World Bank and ranks ports based on a statistical approach, which is based on ship waiting time in port. Port of Beira achieved the highest ranking of all container terminals in southern Africa, ahead of Ports such as Durban, Cape Town, Dar Es Salaam and Walvis Bay. 

Port website:Cornelder || Port of Beira - Mozambique 

Key port information may also be found at: Port of Beira MZBEW map, contact details and vessel arrivals by Maritime Database ( 


Port Location and Contact 



Province or District 


Nearest Town or City 

with Distance from Port 

Beira Port in town 

Port's Complete Name 

Port of Beira 





Managing Company or Port Authority 


Cornelder de Mozambique 

Management Contact Person 

Leticia Ferreira (Comercial Director) – +258828732724, +25823322735  

Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures 

Beira International Airport 

LAM and SAA 

Port Picture 






Description and Contacts of Key Companies 

Cornelder Mozambique is the managing company for Port of Beira. 

For more information on port contacts, please see the following link:  

4.4 Port and Waterways Companies Contact List  

Port Performance 

Beira is a tidal port – pilotage and tug assistance is always therefore compulsory. Access to the port is made through the 135 m wide dredged Macuti Channel, with an actual minimum depth of 8 m below the chart datum in the Macuti curve. 

The port of Beira is not congested. It is able to receive ships with a maximum tonnage of 40,000 tons, 24 hours a day. Berth occupancy in 2017 was 59 percent at the container terminal and 80 percent at general cargo berths. Despite the increased tonnage handled, the container terminal is not congested. Container dwelling time is less than ten days. Regarding bulk cargo (e.g., maize, wheat), productivity is around 150 mt/gang/hour, and bagged cargo averages 30 mt/gang/hour. 

Restricted road access to the port (roads are very narrow) and bureaucratic delays in the documentation process constitute the main constraints. 

There is an established priority for humanitarian cargo at the Port of Beira, particularly during times of crisis or natural disasters. The port has played a crucial role in supporting humanitarian operations during cyclones and other emergencies. 

Seasonal Constraints 



Time Frame 

Rainy Season 


From November to March 

Major Import Campaigns 

Yes, Fertilizer 

From August to January 

Other Comments 

There was a total of ten days without navigation in 2022 due to a declared bad weather condition. 


Handling Figures for 2022 

Vessel Calls 

CT: 139 

GC: 168 

Container Traffic (TEUs) 



Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk for 2022 

Bulk (mt) 


Break bulk (mt) 


Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges 

For information on port rates and charges, please see the following link: 

Cornelder || Port of Beira - Mozambique 

CdM Tariff Book 2012 -CdM_Tariff_2012 ( 

Cornelder Tariff Book includes all tariffs except maritime services, which are included in the CFM Port Tariffs. 


Berthing Specifications 

Type of Berth 





Draft (m) 


Conventional Berth (6) 



General cargo 

Conventional Berth (7) 



General cargo 

Conventional Berth (8) 



Coal terminal berth 

Conventional Berth (9) 



General cargo/Silo berth 

Conventional Berth (10) 



General cargo/Silo berth 

Container Berths (2 to 5) 



Container/General cargo 

Silo Berth (9 and 10) 



General cargo/Silo berth 

Berthing Tugs 




Water Barges 





General Cargo Handling Berths 

Cargo Type 

Berth Identification 

Imports - Bagged Cargo 

Nr. 6 to 10 

Exports - Bagged Cargo 

Nr. 6 to 10 

Imports and Exports - RoRo 

Nr. 6 to 10 

Other Imports 

Nr. 6 to 10 

Port Handling Equipment 

Cornelder, a joint venture between CFM, Cornelder Holland and current concessionaires, manages the port equipment. 

Over the year 2022, gantry crane availability was 93 percent, reach stacker availability was 69 percent and terminal tractor availability was 72 percent. 




Total Quantity and Capacity Available 

Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage 

Dockside Crane 




Container Gantries 


2 x 50 tons 

2 x 60 tons 

STS Gantry cranes are fully operational. 

Mobile Cranes 


3 material handlers 

1 mobile crane 28 tons 




31 Sany 

All operational 

RoRo Tugmaster (with Trailer) 


15 x 40 tons 

15 x 60 tons 

21 X 70 tons 

All operational 

Grain Elevator with Bagging Machines 


6 mobile bagging units, including hoppers 

14 Bulk hoppers 








2 x 3 tons 

6x2.5 tons 

6 x 16 tons 

5 x 30 tons 

2x46 tons 

2 x 50 tons 

3 x empty handler 







Terminal Tractors 




Container Facilities 

The terminal has been working with Navis N4 Version 3.6 since 2016. The control of the yard, the truck flow and vessel operations has improved and container traffic has increased. The average yard utilisation was 6,000 TEU and the truck turnaround time is less than one hour. Crane productivity is in average 20 GMPH, 20 containers moved over the quay wall per hour.   


20 ft 

Container Facilities Available 


Container Freight Station (CFS) 


Refrigerated Container Stations 


Other Capacity Details 

Storage for 10,000 TEU 

Dwell time less than 10 days 

Railside Gantry 40 tons 

Daily Take Off Capacity  
(Containers per Day)  

1,500 TEU 

Number of Reefer Stations  
(Connection Points) 


Emergency Take-off Capacity  


Off take Capacity of Gang Shift  
(Containers per Shift)  


Customs Guidance 

Guidance from the manual “Rules and Procedures for Customs clearance of Goods donated for Humanitarian Assistance”, prepared by INGD, Mitigation Division, Customs clearance Sector - Ver12December 22: 


6.1. Conditions for Customs Clearance 

25. Advance shipment (after shipment and before arrival in the national territory) by the exporter/Donor of the following documents: 

  1. Commercial Invoice; 

  1. PackList; 

  1. Certificate of Analysis (Drugs and vaccines) or Quality (Consumables and other medical products); 

  1. Bill of Lading (Bill of lading) for sea and Waybill for air; 

  2. Processing schedule for the Pharmaceutical Specialty Inspection Bulletin (BIEF), in accordance with Annex 2.

26. Immediate Issuance (within no more than 2 days) of the Accounting Note, in cases of lack of financial coverage, an early exit authorization would be issued for products subject to Customs Charges (most consumables). If the Accounting Note is not issued within 2 days, the products destined for the MISAU (medicines, medical products, equipment and vehicles) will enjoy early departure without any restrictions. 

27. Existence of financial availability within the limit communicated in the State Budget for the payment of MCNet Fee up to the maximum amount equivalent to sixty-four American dollars (USD 64) in accordance with paragraph 30, and expenses of Private agents of cargo handling (airport tax, storage, parking, deposit and Kudumba) upon arrival of the Goods.

28. For perishable products such as vaccines and reagents, the request for Exit Authorization must be made at the respective customs office, with a maximum of two (2) days in advance, under the responsibility of the Manager or his Representative. Clearance of vehicles and other vehicles.

6.2. Clearance of vehicles and other vehicles 

29. The attribution of license plates for vehicles and other vehicles must be made before issuing the Accounting Notes, through Early Departure, in case of delay in this process. 

6.3 Payment of the MCNet Fee 

30. Bearing in mind that MISAU imports goods with high values, you must pay an MCNet fee up to a maximum amount equivalent to sixty-four American dollars (USD 64), regardless of the FOB value of the goods. 

6.4 Payment of port fees 

31. Private operator agents must allow the collection of goods intended for Health under a Term of Commitment, with the guarantee that the amounts due are paid within a period to be agreed between this agent and any Ministry authorized to receive or import emergency goods or humanitarians. 

32. If the above conditions are met, the time for withdrawing the goods from the port area may be between: 

  1. Maximum 2 days for air and land cargo; 

  1. Maximum 7 days for sea cargo. 

For more information on customs in Mozambique, please see the following link:  

1.3 Customs Information   

Terminal Information 


The container and multi-purpose terminal has a 645 m long quay with a 12 m depth alongside. The terminal has a 300,000 m² container yard, accommodating 10,000 TEUs and 148 electricity connection points for refrigerated containers. The container storage yard was recently expanded and covers now an area of 8,400 m² secure bonded transit warehouse and 3,650 m² covered storage. The road access was also improved and has now five lanes with an option for further extension. Currently the terminal uses the NAVIS N4 terminal operating system and can handle 300,000 TEU per year. With the projection expansion of storage yard, in addition to using Rubber Tyred Gantry Cranes (RTG´s) the port will be able to handle 700,000.00 TEUs. 


CdM does not manage this terminal. It can handle 4,000 to 5,000 tons per day and has a silo storage capacity of 50,000 tons. Main commodities include fertilizer, clinker, sulphur and ore chrome + ferrochrome. 


Storage Type 

Number of Storage Facilities 

Area (m2

Bagged Cargo 

5 covered warehouses 


Refrigerated Cargo 



General Cargo 

Paved open air storage 

15,000 (paved) + 150,000 

Bulk Silo Storage 

For cereals 

50,000 tons 


The following companies perform stevedoring activities in the port of Beira: 

Hinterland Information 

The port is served by two railway lines: one to Zimbabwe via Machipanda/Mutare (317 km to the border) operated by CFM, and Sena line to Moatize, Tete Province, (575 km) operated by CFM with a partial concession to ICVL and Jindal for the transport of coal from Moatize. Discussions are underway between the governments of Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia, to extend the line to Mozambique’s neighbours, which could provide a significant boost to the trading potential of all the countries involved. 

The road network serving the port is in reasonably good condition and enables the movement of trucks and international trade to/from Zimbabwe, Botswana (via Zimbabwe), Malawi and Zambia (via Zimbabwe, Malawi or directly via Tete Province). It also provides an easy route to access markets in Mozambique provinces of Sofala, Manica, Tete and Zambézia. The EN6 highway has benefitted from a USD 410 million upgrade to ensure it can continue to meet traffic demand. The work done to avoid flooding by the Pungue river showed foresight given the damages caused by Cyclone Idai.  

The shortest, quickest and safest route to the sea for the southern Africa hinterland: 


Port Security 

The port has a 6 km long electro-welded security fencing and a CCTV surveillance system, which complies with international security standards. 

Adequate safety procedures during cargo handling are in place. 


ISPS Compliant 


Current ISPS Level  
(Level 1 = Normal, Level 2 = Heightened, Level 3 = Exceptional) 

Police Boats 


Fire Engines 

Yes (3) 



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