Namibia launches new port control unit

The ship loading cranes from China docks in Walvis Bay, Namibia, on Feb. 9, 2018. Namibia's port in the coastal town of Walvis Bay will become the "most brilliant pearl on the Atlantic Coast of southwest Africa" with the delivery of four ship-to-shore (STS) cranes manufactured by China, the Chinese ambassador to the country said Friday. The cranes, manufactured by China's Zhenhua Port Machinery Company, will be deployed at the new container terminal that is expected to be completed by mid-2019. (Xinhua/Wu Changwei)
Namibia’s port in the coastal town of Walvis Bay .PHOTO/ (Xinhua/Wu Changwei)

Namibia on Friday launched a new port container control unit to improve the smooth flow of goods at the recently upgraded Walvis Bay port.

Minister of Finance Iipumbu Shiimi said the opening of the port control unit, to host a sophisticated container control program is essential in cutting out loopholes in the clearance of goods at the port.

“This program is indeed yet another milestone in the implementation of the customs modernization program and strengthening compliance with trade facilitation requirements at our port of entries,” Shiimi said.

Shiimi said the launch is a momentous achievement for Namibia, particularly for the Namibia Revenue Agency which recently became operational, after taking time to set up.

He said, for Namibia to be a logistics hub, the country should have modern customs monitoring systems that will stop the proliferation of smuggled goods

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