THE ability of the Namibian Ports Authority to secure direct cargo connections between Namibia’s main harbour and various ports around the world will benefit the country’s meat industry.
In this regard, the Namibian Ports Authority signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Meat Co-operation of Namibia (Meatco) to assist with the unlocking of new markets for the country’s prime export beef.
The two Namibian state-owned companies aim to use this collaboration to further strengthen their commercial ties by utilizing the Port of Walvis Bay to export Meatco’s beef products. At the same time, the exportation volumes handled by Namport will be expanded.
“This will heighten our competitiveness as organizations and as a country thus ensuring the greater attractiveness of, Meatco’s products to international markets and directly promote Namport’s services to supply chains and potential meat exports in the SADC region from our respective hinterland markets such as Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Botswana,” Andrew Kanime, the Chief Executive Officer of Namport said.
He was of the opinion that the new partnership will be beneficial to both commercial entities as beef products are destined for international markets such as the United States of America, Europe, China, Norway, and large parts of Africa.
“Namport has the ability to secure direct mainliner vessel connections to a majority of these destinations hence guaranteeing the shortest time to market and the preservation of Meatco’s premium products,” he said.
According to Kanime, the agreement specifically focuses on ensuring the seamless, efficient, and cost-effective handling of Meatco’ss products and jointly exploring new opportunities and the development of new technologies and facilities.