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Guinea-Bissau: Guinea-Bissau to launch public tender to build dry port

2015/08/28

Guinea-Bissau’s National Council of Shippers (CNC-GB) has announced in its weekly statement that a tender will any minute at this time be launched to adjudicate construction of a dry port in the country.

The Council is finalising payment of the second instalment of the cost of 40 plots of land where the next dry port will be located, indicates the statement .

It will be built on a total area of 25,000 square metres at Pime on the outskirts of Bissau and include warehouses to store perishable goods, part other facilities.

The connection between the seaport and the dry port or inland customs station will not cross through the city centre, thereby preventing traffic congestion.

The document does not specify the project’s construction cost. Upcoming actions planned by the CNC-GB include opening posts next to customs stations to ensure better merchandise dispatch control and completing installation of land control posts in different regions.

Before the year ends the Council as well plans to carry out a number of activities, part them computerisation and centralisation of data about its services, training of technical personnel in determined areas and regularising its personnel’s registration with Guinea-Bissau’s National Social Security Institute.

The again national secretary for Transport and Communications, João Bernardo Vieira, guaranteed last May that the country would have a dry port able to handle additional than 100,000 containers by the end of 2017.

Fernando Dias da Costa, director-general of the CNC, the public body overseeing the project, said on the same occasion that creation of the new infrastructure would help decongest Pinjiguiti port in Bissau, which occasionally lacks space for containers.

Da Costa explained that the dry port would as well be used as a parking area for container trucks waiting their turn to receive cargo at Pinjiguiti.

Besides its role in cargo transhipment, Bissau’s next dry port may from presently on include facilities to store and consolidate merchandise, equipment for merchandise handling and cargo vehicle maintenance, inclunding customs clearance services.

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