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 230m 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 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 withMalawi).
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 Airlineswith Frequent International Arrivals/Departures
Quelimane, only operates national carriers
Description and Contacts of Key Companies
CFM Centro, Zambézia Delegation, manages the port.
The channel draft is 4.9 - 6.1m 1 m (tidal) and the maximum vessel size is 150m 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.
For information on port rates and charges, please see the following link: 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.
- Accreditation and licensing to operate in Mozambique with special status for duty free imports
- Before the arrival of the cargo submission of:
Application to Customs with justification for exemption
- Customs clears the goods that can be exempted from duties, through the JUE (“Janela Única Eletrónica” or Electronic Single Window)
- For the submission to JUE, the following is required:
Transport document (original)
Customs clearance document
- JUE issues a notice of payment (AP).
- Deduction of import duties at JUE:
The AP is taken physically to Tax Department to apply respective deduction of the value of the import duties.
- Once this step is finalized, the customs clearance process can be completed.
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).