If you have never been to Tanzania, you’re in for a very special treat. Its biggest city, which also serves as its nominal capital, is Dar es Salaam. Although the officially recognized capital of Tanzania is located in Dodoma, Dar es Salaam still serves as the centre for many of the government bureaucracies and is without question the most important trading port in the nation. As a result, a lot of wealth is generated in the city, whose name in Arabic literally means “abode of peace”. This year, government officials from both Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo got together to make sure that all the trade between the two countries flows smoothly and without any problems.
Keeping the Flow of Goods Going
As the richest and biggest city in Tanzania, Dar es Salaam generates a lot of its wealth from its port, which serves as an important point of entry for goods to and from the Democratic Republic of Congo, which is just across the border, north of Tanzania. As you can imagine, a lot of containers arrive at the port and have to be efficiently managed and handled. Part of the impetus for creating stronger relationships between the two countries, especially when it comes to customs procedures, is due to the fact that a not insignificant amount of containers that had been arriving from the Democratic Republic of Congo mysteriously had been disappearing from the port of Dar es Salaam. As a result, a memorandum of understanding between the two countries was signed, establishing better and more efficient inspections of goods arriving into the port, ensuring that everything that was delivered by container arrived at its ultimate destination.
Creating New Efficiencies
With this new memorandum of understanding, the Democratic Republic of Congo’s custom office in Dar es Salaam will be able to monitor more closely both goods that are exported, as well as anything that is imported. The DRC is heavily dependent on the port of Dar es Salaam to provide the country with many basic necessities, such as cars, food, clothing and materials needed for its important mining industry. Conversely, the DRC exports a lot of its minerals through Tanzania and is obviously heavily dependent on having a smooth transit to ensure that its products arrive at their final destination. One of the innovative solutions is for the DRC to create their own Inland Container Depot (ICD), a separate location at the port of Dar es Salaam, where containers will be held until they are ready to be shipped to Congo. All of these solutions will ensure that goods coming and going through the port will ultimately reach the final customer and destination, reducing any fraud or theft.
Enjoy Your Stay
Dar es Salaam is a colourful and vibrant city and given its important stature as a major trading point in Africa, attracts a lot of businessmen as well as visitors. Hotels in Dar es Salaam are quite modern and comfortable, befitting a city that prides itself on being on the cutting edge.