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Namport celebrates milestone


by Honorine Kaze Chief Business Writer
Business

 

In just one year, NamPort has managed, for the first time in its history,  to move 300 000 twenty—foot equivalent units at its two ports, chief executive officer Bisey /Uirab, says.
“The ports of Walvis Bay and Lüderitz have collectively worked to achieve this and it is no small achievement,” says /Uirab.
NamPort, according to /Uirab, takes pride in the fact that it was voted the Best Port Operator or Terminal in Africa at the Africa Rail and Harbours Conference in Sandton, Johannesburg earlier this year.
/Uirab also points out that NamPort is serious about positioning itself as the best performing world-class port service provider in Africa.
He further encourages workers to be guided by the slogan, “Tulongeni Pamwe”, to work together to maintain the standards that they have set for themselves and to remain competitive within the maritime industry.
But the latest success maybe affected in the coming year as Nampa reports that clearing agents at the Walvis Bay port are unhappy about a decision by the Ministry of Finance that bans them from using the guarantees and bonds of third parties for moving transit goods.
The decision, which affects the movement of transit goods from the Namibia Port Authority (Namport) by the agents, came into effect on 24 July this year. 
The clearing agents, most of them small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), say obtaining their own guarantees and bonds is too expensive and would hamper their companies’ efforts to penetrate the market.
In a letter addressed to clearing agents, bonded warehouses and companies in Walvis Bay, Deputy Director of Trade Facilitation in the Ministry of Finance, Hans Garoeb stated that the practice of using third parties poses a serious challenge to administration and controlling guarantees in the event of liabilities experienced by the third parties.
The letter further stated that guarantees and bonds may only be used by principals registered under the said guarantee or bond, meaning that permission should not be granted to other agents and companies to use such guarantees.
About 76 SMEs have been affected by this ban. Their work entails clearing any goods coming through Namport and which are destined for land-locked countries such as Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe, which do not have ports.
Additional reporting by Nampa