- Mozambique board chairman of ports and rail company announces express train to SA, Eswatini
- CFM signed an agreement with Eswatini Railway on August 5, 2022 for direct rail links for the transportation of goods
Mbabane: GOOD NEWS FOR ESWATINI ECONOMY , The Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Mozambique’s publicly-owned ports and rail company (CFM), Miguel Matabele, has announced the introduction of an express train to South Africa and Eswatini, to facilitate the mobility of people and goods.
According to Mozambican news, Matabele made this announcement, when the Mozambican Prime Minister, Adriano Maleiane, was visiting the CFM stand at the Maputo International Trade Fair (FACIM).
Maleiane said the project will contribute to solving the transport problems in the Portuguese-speaking country. He praised CFM for its ‘very strong contribution’.
This step comes after CFM signed an agreement with South Africa’s Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) in 01 July 2022 for the elimination of the rail border and with Eswatini Railways on August 5, 2022 an agreement for direct rail links for the transport of goods.
In light of the agreement, the trains operated by CFM and the South African company TFR will now cross the border at Ressano Garcia without restrictions or the need to change rolling stock. Thus, the Maputo Corridor will have, in the initial phase, 21 trains per week carrying chrome and ferrochrome to the port of Maputo, compared with the current 15 trains per week.
With Eswatini, the Goba railway border is removed, thus allowing the free circulation of goods trains between the two countries.
As an immediate impact of the agreement, the Goba railway will double the number of daily coal trains, from two to four. The volume of coal transported will also increase proportionately, from 3,600 tonnes to 7,200 tonnes per day.