Dar es Salaam. Tanzania is going ahead with plans to improve handling of goods destined for the Great Lakes region despite indications that Rwanda and Uganda might favour Mombasa. Efforts are underway to improve logistics at Isaka dry port to make it easier to handle goods destined for Rwanda, Uganda and other neighbouring countries.
Reli Assets Holding Company (Rahco), the custodian of railway assets of the defunct Tanzania Railways Corporation, is now looking for consultants to improve and extend rail exchanges at the Isaka Inland Container Depot.
According to Rahco, the new facilities to be developed include rail loops, pavement, fencing, gates and new offices. The work will be funded with a loan from International Development Association. The same funds will also be used to improve railway extensions at Dar es Salaam port.
The Isaka dry port is located 485kms from Kigali and 982kms from Dar es Salaam, along the Dar-Mwanza railways line.
The initial cost of the project was estimated at $15 million, but this was to be revised since it was considered too expensive. It was established to provide an efficient link to the sea, easy documentation and rapid transit of goods. Isaka provides clearing and holding services for a variety of cargo, eliminating the necessity of transport to/from Dar es Salaam for shippers from Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and North West Tanzania.
It is the place where the containers moved by Tanzania Railways Limited are trans-shipped to trucks to the destinations on the corridor.