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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

Port Picture

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Description and Contacts of Key Companies

CFM Centro, Zambézia Delegation, manages the port.

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For more information on port contacts, please see the following link: HQ staff will input a link to section 4.4 3 Port and Waterways Companies Contact List here.List 

Port Performance

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)

Berthing Specifications

Type of Berth





Draft (m)


Conventional Berth





Container Berth



4.9 - 6.1


Silo Berth





Berthing Tugs




There is just one pilot boat.

Water Barges






  • Accreditation and licensing to operate in Mozambique with special status for duty free imports
  • Before the arrival of the cargo submission of:
    Commercial invoice
    Packing List
    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:
    Commercial invoice
    Transport document (original)
    Packing List
    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.

For more information on customs in Mozambique, please see the following link: HQ staff will input a link to section  1.3 Customs Information here.  Information 

Terminal Information



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).