The Botswana Dry Port acts as a key receipt or dispatch point for commodities either destined for Botswana or regionally providing storage and bagging. Opportunities presented by the Port are therefore in line with this covering transport and logistics services to and from the Port including other services offered at the Port such as cartage services, container handling, stacking, storage, a break bulk terminal, general purpose warehouse, empty container park and value-added services such as customs clearance.
The Port of Walvis Bay is generally not congested and therefore will ordinarily reduce the time it takes to service companies as opposed to other congested ports. Namibia and Botswana have streamlined border post processes, making it easier and quicker for goods to be transported through the two countries. There are currently ongoing developments to expand the Port of Walvis Bay, which will offer businesses greater opportunities to utilize the Port. The Botswana Dry Port holds a lot of potential for Sea Rail Botswana to develop partnership opportunities with private sector companies in the areas of transport and logistics. The Dry Port is a great investment by the Botswana Government to develop the country’s transport and logistics sector. It is for this reason that Botswana companies operating in this and related service sectors should be informed of the opportunities that the Port presents in order to take advantage of them.
BITC led eleven (11) companies to participate in the Walvis Bay Dry Port mission in Namibia from the 27th to the 30th May 2015. Several key stakeholders from Botswana and Namibia were part of the mission and they included among others the Botswana Railways, Botswana High Commission to Namibia, Trans Kalahari Corridor Secretariat, Sea Rail (Botswana) (Pty) Ltd, Walvis Bay Corridor Group and the Namport Walvis Bay. Companies viewed this mission as an opportunity to grow their businesses.
During the mission, delegates engaged with the Dry Port authorities on how best to participate and utilize the Dry Port and expand business into and from Namibia. The mission was open to all interested companies as it is an opportunity for Botswana companies to explore any business opportunities the Dry Port presents other than the cargo and logistics industry. The participants from Botswana were given first-hand experience of the Dry Port and were also exposed to the numerous business and commercial opportunities that the Port has to offer. The Port has great potential of being a perfect gateway to markets in the EU and Americas as well as untapped markets in West and North Africa. As part of the mission, BITC hosted a Business Forum to provide Botswana and Namibia companies an opportunity to interact and engage with one another on business opportunities in both countries and to explore areas of possible collaboration. The Forum provided a platform for the Botswana High Commission to Namibia, Walvis Bay Port Authorities and BITC to share information on the Dry Port and its importance to Botswana, ongoing developments that could benefit the two business communities. They also shared development initiatives that BITC has in place to attract investments and grow local companies to become exporters of goods and services. There were presentations by the Botswana High Commissioner to Namibia, Trans Kalahari Corridor Group, NamPort, Sea Rail (a subsidiary of Botswana Railways) and BITC.