TICTS HANDLES A RECORD ANNUAL THROUGHPUT OF 501,690 TEUS IN 2017 AND RISING TO CHALLENGES FROM TRANSIT CARGO GROWT
Tanzania International Container Terminal Services (TICTS), the only specialized container terminal operator in Tanzania largest sea port, have for the first time handled more than 500,000 TEU in one year by achieving a record annual throughput of 501,690 TEUS in 2017.
“We thank all of our Customers for their trust in us and assure them of our full support going forward,” said Jared Zerbe CEO of TICTS. “The TICTS Operations team uses modern container handling equipment’s and our commitment is to offer high-quality service to all of our Customers using Dar-es-salaam Port as a gateway to International Trade.”
Transit bound cargo to the landlocked countries increased by more than 35% in 2017 as compared to 2016. This growth for TICTS has been driven by significant increases in commodity prices such as copper pushing growth for exports and imports, overall economic growth in the landlocked countries resulting in more imports, and the removal of VAT on transit cargoes ancillary services by the Government of Tanzania. Also, TICTS has set up a regional office in Rwanda to carry out marketing activities in the landlocked countries which has resulted in TICTS capturing more market share in some countries in the region, especially Rwanda, from competing ports.
However, TICTS is facing significant challenges since the time taken to pick up transit cargo is generally slow which has led to decreased terminal storage capacity as the transit containers cannot be transferred outside the port for storage while awaiting clearance.TICTS is currently working with Government authorities to look for alternative storage areas for the transit containers awaiting clearance from the port to increase cargo clearance efficiency as well as offering to assist in improving and optimizing cargo clearance efficiencies. We look forward to solutions such as additional storage areas within the port or allowing transit containers to be sent to inland container depots. We appeal to all our customers to expedite clearance of their cargo just after discharge in order that the terminal can be more efficient to handle increasing cargo.
We are committed to ongoing improvements in our capabilities of providing international class service to our customers as we continue to make significant investments in operational equipment where we have invested over USD100 Million to date, as well as continuous improvement in customer service and billing capabilities and will soon be the first operator to offer true electronic delivery orders.
TICTS operates the Container Terminal at the port of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. As Tanzania’s leading container handling facility, TICTS is committed to moving ahead and to strengthening its role as the country’s premier maritime gateway to Eastern, Central and Southern Africa.
TICTS is a member of Hutchison Ports, the port and related services division of CK Hutchison Holdings Limited (CK Hutchison). Hutchison Ports is the world’s leading port investor, developer and operator with a network of port operations in 52 ports spanning 26 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the Americas and Australasia. Over the years, Hutchison Ports has expanded into other logistics and transportation-related businesses, including cruise ship terminals, airport operations, distribution centers, rail services and ship repair facilities.