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.
Key port information may also be found at:
Port Location and Contact
Province or District
Nearest Town or City with Distance from Port
Pemba (in city limits)
Port's Complete Name
Port of Pemba
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
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.
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.
From November to March
Major Import Campaigns
Handling Figures for 2020
Container Traffic (TEUs)
Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk for 2020
Break bulk (MT)
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.
Type of Berth
7.1 m to 9.1 m
Mainly used for landing crafts supporting the Gas project.
Plans to expand the number of berths and container yard are in place.
Imports - Bagged Cargo
Exports - Bagged Cargo
Imports and Exports - RoRo
CFM Norte, Pemba Delegation manages port equipment.
Total Quantity and Capacity Available
Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage
1 x 25 tons
RoRo Tugmaster (with Trailer)
Grain Elevator with Bagging Machines
11 x (2.5-28 tons)
20 and 40 ft.
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:
For more information on customs in Mozambique, please see the following link: 1.3 Customs Information.
Number of Storage Facilities
1 covered warehouse
Open air storage area
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.
Current ISPS Level