New deal to ease cross border trade

post was last updated: July 12, 2019

By Taonga Sabola:

BARFORD—We want to give Malawian traders a
peace of mind

One of the country’s customs and clearing firms, Combine Cargo, on Wednesday entered into a partnership with international transporter, Transtech, to help ease movement of goods between Malawi and South Africa.

The partnership was unveiled in Lilongwe during a cocktail party the two firms jointly organised.

Combine Cargo General Manager, Dumbani Kaluwa, said the arrangement would ease some of the challenges cross border traders face when importing and exporting cargo.

Kaluwa said, through the arrangement, Malawian traders may not need to physically travel to South Africa to bring merchandise into the country, saying that task would be ably handled by the two firms.

 “This is a landmark partnership and is a game-changer for cross border business. It will remove all the barriers that traders face and ensure increased profitability,” Kaluwa said.

Transtech General Manager, Reiner Barford, said the partnership would help accelerate trade between the two countries.

Barford said cross border trade involves many stakeholders and was, therefore, a bit cumbersome for the traders.

“This is where this partnership becomes very crucial. You have two Malawian firms coming together to ensure that they ease the challenges that Malawian importers and exporters have been facing.

“Both Transtech and Combine Cargo have been in the industry for long and appreciate the challenges importers face. We want to give Malawian traders peace of mind as we take care of their cargo,” Barford said.

He said the arrangement would see Transtech trucks leaving Johannesburg, South Africa twice a week, every Tuesday and Friday.

“We are targeting both small-scale and large scale businesses. We want to ease the burden they face including delays at the borders,” Barford said, adding that traders would be guaranteed delivery time of between five and seven days.

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