Congestion at the port of Dakar: These rights of way which block the activities of freight forwarders and impact the Senegalese economy

Congestion at the port of Dakar: These rights of way which block the activities of freight forwarders and impact the Senegalese economy

Dubai Port World’s (DPW) management of the landing dock, initiated during President Abdoulaye Wade’s regime, promised logistical excellence and streamlined traffic flow. However, for the past two years, the operational efficiency has dwindled due to unfulfilled logistics promises and outdated port machinery. Stakeholders in port activities are now voicing concerns and urging authorities to address the issues.

The Autonomous Port of Dakar’s quay has been overrun by empty containers for several months, leaving insufficient space for trucks to clear the clutter. This congestion is stalling economic activities, with potential repercussions for the final consumer, the citizen.

Within the Dubai Port World areas at the Autonomous Port of Dakar, importers and freight forwarders are granted a 10-day period, termed “franchise,” to evacuate their goods. However, the terminal is overwhelmed with empty containers, hindering the evaluation and clearance of goods. The source of this congestion is primarily attributed to the non-evacuation of obsolete equipment.

As the port handles around 98% of the country’s foreign trade, it plays a pivotal role in the national economy and neighboring countries’ supply chains. The conglomerate of companies, including CMA CGM group, MCS, and Maersk-line, along with Dubai Port World, is putting immense pressure on freight forwarders and disrupting commercial activities.

Companies pay port taxes, and DPW manages disembarkation. Nevertheless, freight forwarders are facing significant challenges in conducting their activities and retrieving goods due to apparent inaction. One importer and customs clearance expert highlights the alarming situation, stating significant daily losses and expressing concern about passing on heavy invoicing to consumers for a problem beyond their control.

The logistics specialist, crucial for coordinating the transport of goods, is now hindered within the Autonomous Port of Dakar. With handling issues and invoicing challenges, freight forwarders’ contributions to the Senegalese economy, estimated at over 2 billion per day, are at risk.

Despite repeated difficulties and complaints, the general management of the port appears unresponsive. Meetings and attempts to resolve issues have yielded little progress. Frustrated stakeholders, including freight forwarders, transporters, and importers, recently held a general assembly at the Dakar Chamber of Commerce. The tripartite force has decided to halt all activities contributing to the treasury accounts, starting this Monday. The aim is to draw attention to their plight and prompt the competent authority to find solutions to the ongoing congestion negatively impacting the Senegalese economy.

Source: Dakaractu

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