The National Railways of Congo, Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) and Zambia Railways Limited (ZRL), the three Railway Operators on the Dar es Salaam Corridor conferred with their customers in Dar es Salaam under the auspices of the Southern African Railways Association (SARA) and expressed happiness at the improvements in Railway Operations.

 

Both the Railway Operators and users Praised the Tanzanian Government for responding to Stakeholders’ calls for the Scrapping of the Value Added Tax (VAT) on Transit Goods in the 2017/2018 National Budget, Emphasizing that the Competitiveness of the Dar es Salaam Port was critical to the improvement of the Dar es Salaam Transport Corridor in general.

 

Together with the Tanzania Ports Authority, the operators and users pledged to co-operate in promoting and growing the Dar es Salaam route.

 

The railway users unanimously commended the three railways for improving the operations in many aspects, especially the shortening of the transit time between Zambia and Tanzania, which was now between four and seven days, but encouraged the railways to improve further especially in terms of rates.

 

The Chairman of the SARA Committee, Mr. Francis Lwanga, who is the Director of Marketing for Zambia Railways Limited, said that the Railway Operators were keen to develop the Dar es Salaam Corridor into the most preferred Route.

 

AUGUST 14, 2017

 

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