Port Overview 

The Port of Pemba is in the northern province of Mozambique bordering with Tanzania and lies on a peninsula in Pemba Bay.  Pemba is a potential site for a deep-water port and will be key to meet the growing demand of logistical support vessels working on research and exploration projects of gas and oil in Rovuma basin and mining and agriculture projects in Cabo Delgado and Niassa provinces. Plans exist to improve and increase the number of berths and expand the area of storage and handling of containers. 

CFM Norte manages the port. 

Port website: 

http://www.cfm.co.mz/index.php/en/infraestruturas/cfm-north/port-of-pemba 

Key port information may also be found at: 

http://ports.com/mozambique/port-of-pemba/ 

http://www.maritime-database.com/port.php?pid=1544 

https://www.searates.com/port/pemba_mz.htm 

http://www.findaport.com/port-of-pemba 

 

Port Location and Contact

Country 

Mozambique 

Province or District 

Cabo Delgado 

Nearest Town or City  with Distance from Port 

Pemba (in city limits) 

Port's Complete Name 

Port of Pemba 

Latitude 

-12.9732026 

Longitude 

40.5178014 

Managing Company or Port Authority 

 

Mozambique Ports and Railways Administration (CFM), CFM Norte, Pemba Delegation 

Management Contact Person 

 

Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures 

Pemba International Airport

LAM, Kenya Airways, Airlink 

Port Picture

Description and Contacts of Key Companies

CFM Norte, Pemba Delegation, manages the port.

For more information on port contacts, please see the following link:4.4 Port and Waterways Companies Contact List. 

Port Performance 

The port of Pemba is a small deep-water port and mainly used for Cabotage shipping. However, it has a good potential for growth to respond to the logistics demands of the new gas and oil projects in the Rovuma basin. 

Seasonal Constraints 

 

Occurs 

Time Frame 

Rainy Season 

Yes 

From November to March 

Major Import Campaigns 

No 

 

Other Comments 

 

 

Handling Figures for 2020

Vessel Calls 

411 

Container Traffic (TEUs) 

5,006 

 

Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk for 2020 

Bulk (MT) 

N/A

Break bulk (MT) 

551,823 

Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges 

For information on port rates and charges, please see the following link: https://www.cfm.co.mz/index.php/pt/documentos-e-media/outros-documentos/50-livro-de-tarifas-dos-portos-e-terminais-oc.

Berthing Specifications 

Type of Berth 

Quantity 

Length 

Maximum Draft 

Comments 

Conventional Berth 

1 

182 m

7.1 m to 9.1 m

 

Floating docks 

1 

140 m

8 m

Mainly used for landing crafts supporting the Gas project. 

Container Berth 

N/A

 

 

 

Silo Berth 

N/A 

 

 

 

Berthing Tugs 

N/A

 

 

 

Water Barges 

N/A 

 

 

 

Plans to expand the number of berths and container yard are in place. 

General Cargo Handling Berths 

Cargo Type

Berth Identification

Imports - Bagged Cargo 

Pier

Exports - Bagged Cargo 

Pier

Imports and Exports - RoRo 

N/A

Other Imports 

N/A

Port Handling Equipment 

CFM Norte, Pemba Delegation manages port equipment.

Equipment 

Available 

Total Quantity and Capacity Available 

Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage 

Dockside Crane

No

 

 

Container Gantries

No

 

 

Mobile Cranes

Yes

1 x 25 tons 

 

Reachstacker

No

 

 

RoRo Tugmaster (with Trailer)

No

 

 

Grain Elevator with Bagging Machines

No

 

 

Tractors

Yes

2 

 

Forklifts

Yes

11 x (2.5-28 tons) 

 

Container Facilities

Facilities

20 and 40 ft. 

Container Facilities Available 

Yes 

Container Freight Station (CFS) 

Yes 

Refrigerated Container Stations 

N/A

Other Capacity Details

Daily Take Off Capacity  
(Containers per Day)  

96 

Number of Reefer Stations  
(Connection Points) 

N/A 

Emergency Take-off Capacity  

96 

Off take Capacity of Gang Shift  
(Containers per Shift)  

96 

Customs Guidance

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: 

  1. Accreditation and licensing to operate in Mozambique with special status for duty free imports 
  2. Before the arrival of the cargo submission of:
    1. Commercial invoice
    2. Packing List
    3. Application to Customs with justification for exemption 
  3. 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:
    1. Commercial invoice 
    2. Transport document (original) 
    3. Packing List 
    4. Customs clearance document 
  4. JUE issues a notice of payment (AP).
  5. Deduction of import duties at JUE.
  6. The AP is taken physically to Tax Department to apply respective deduction of the value of the import duties.
  7. 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.

Terminal Information 

Main Storage Terminal

Storage Type 

Number of Storage Facilities 

Area

Bagged Cargo

1 covered warehouse 

1,800 m2

Refrigerated Cargo 

N/A

 

General Cargo 

Open air storage area 

20,000 m2

Stevedoring 

Stevedoring is provided by CFM using port equipment and casual labour recruited on a daily basis. 

Hinterland Information

The cargo is moved to and from the port by road. 

Port Security

Security

ISPS Compliant 

Yes 

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

1 

Police Boats 

No 

Fire Engines 

Yes