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Quelimane is a small sea port approx 25 kms inland on the banks of the Luala River. It was the major point of export for regional agricultural products; mostly 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, but with . With the decline of production during the civil war in the 1980’s and ‘90’s the port was neglected and fell into decline. At present rhe port is being completely renewed and overhauled, it has 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 250 m long. The Quelimane 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 reasonably stable but the port has installed stable; notwithstanding, a 250 KVA generator to ensure ensures power supply at all times for cool and freezer , mainly for the cold chain installations and the security lighting and a new along the security fence that surrounds the port area. The quay has two berths of 125 m each with an alongside draft of only 5 m, the tidal difference is approximately 3 m
To the north and west the
The port area borders to the former a freight railway station where CFM still owns a warehouse. This warehouse is in reasonable condition and is presently rented out to the private sector. Quelimane is connected by asphalt road to Caia and the south of the country. From Quelimane north and west a good partly new asphalt road runs as far as Mocuba. From Mocuba north to Nampula (350 kms) and Nacala (+190 kms) the road is a good asphalt road that has been recently resurfaced. From Mocuba west to the border with Malawi at Milange/Mulange (180 kms) there is an unpaved road that during the wet season is generally unpassable but is very good during the dry season. Quelimane is 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 withMalawi).
Quelimane is also connected to the Zambezi River by means of an inland waterway. This waterway is presently being inland waterways used by Sena Sugar Factory at Marromeu on the Zambezi , with barges for sugar exports thru through Quelimane. Sena Sugar has a pontoon crane with a capacity of 25 mt at Quelimane the port to discharge these barges onto the quay.
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Port Location and
Province or District
Nearest Town or City (Closest location) with Distance (km)
Quelimane Port is in town
Port's Complete Name
Port of Quelimane
|S 17° 52’ 49.00”|
|E 36° 52’ 48.00”|
Managing Company or Port Authority (If more than one operator, break down by area of operation)
Mozambique Ports and Railways Administration (CFM), CFM Centro, Zambézia Delegation
Management Contact Person
Closest Nearest Airport and Airlineswith Frequent Airlines to / from International Destinations
Quelimane, only operates national carriers
Description and Contacts of Key Companies
CFM Centro, Zambézia Delegation, manages the port.
Main Storage Terminal
Two warehouses for general cargo with a combined storage area of 3,800 m², both overhauled and are as new
The port has an open area container stacking yard for 800 TEU’s with 18 reefer points for refridgerated containers
Behind the most westerly warehouse a yard is specially prepared for forestry products and an equipment maintenance shed
At present the port has three 40 mt capacity top stacker and one 20 mt forklift in operation
Currently vessels have to be self equipped for discharge and/or loading operations.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)
Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges
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.
General Cargo Handling Berths
Imports - Bagged Cargo
Exports - Bagged Cargo
Imports and Exports - RoRo
Port Handling Equipment
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:
- 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.
For more information on customs in Mozambique, please see the following link: 1.3 Customs Information
GRAIN AND BULK HANDLING
MAIN STORAGE TERMINAL
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