The Walvis Bay Corridors are an integrated system of well-maintained tarred roads and rail networks providing landlocked SADC countries access to the global market.
The corridors, serving the Ports of Walvis Bay and Lüderitz in Namibia, are a network of transport routes from the neighbouring SADC countries of Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Cargo offloaded at the Port of Walvis Bay is handled with state-of-the-art machinery and in record turnaround time. The Port is congestion-free, and its facilities are of a world-class standard, which ensures that cargo is handled reliably and safely. Cargo then makes its way from the Port along one of the Corridors across Namibia and into neighbouring SADC countries.
The Trans Kalahari Corridor links the Port of Walvis Bay to Gaborone and Gauteng in South Africa. From there, this Corridor links with the Maputo Corridor on the east coast of southern Africa. The Walvis Bay-Ndola-Lubumbashi Development Corridor accesses the landlocked countries of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi. The Trans-Cunene Corridor extends through northern Namibia into southern Angola and serving the country up to Luanda. The Trans-Oranje Corridor links the Port of Lüderitz through the south of Namibia with the Northern Cape Province of South Africa.
The Walvis Bay Corridors are positioned to give the country a competitive edge as a transport hub for all regional and international trade between the Southern African Development Community (SADC), Europe, the America’s and the rest of the world. Through our world-class commercial port at Walvis Bay, international shipping connection and the added advantage of being a gateway to the west coast of Africa, Namibia plays an increasingly important role in trade, linking the global economic centres with over 330 million consumers in southern Africa.
The following information regarding customs documentation, port operating hours, railway stations, container depots, operating hours, and shipping lines and routes is general and relevant to each of the corridors.
Apart from the regulations that govern plans, products and certain commodities (import-restricted goods), customs officials ensure fast clearance of shipments at the Corridor border posts.
Authorities are committed to facilitating corridor traffic. Transit documents are processed on the Automated System of Customs Documentation (ASYCUDA WORLD) via electronic data input, which accelerates the process. The ASYCUDA WORLD system currently operates on the Walvis Bay-Ndola-Lubumbashi Development Corridor, Trans-Cunene, Trans Kalahari and Trans-Oranje Corridors. As a result, border processing and clearance of documents at these corridors are faster and simpler.
For further information on documentation requirements, please consult the relevant customs authorities along each corridor.
Namibia has introduced ASYCUDA WORLD at all its border posts. Thus, if a goods declaration/entry is complete and correct, Customs will release the consignment as follows:
For additional information on customs in Namibia, consult the Ministry of Finance website at www.mof.gov.na or e-mail them at email@example.com.
Mondays to Fridays 06:00-12:00* 13:00-17:00*
Mondays to Fridays 07:00-12:00* 13:00-17:00*
Comments: Port Control operates on a 24-hour basis. Container vessels are handled on a 24-hour basis. Any other vessels will be handled beyond the normal working hours if so requested.
Port of Walvis Bay Railway Head
Mondays to Fridays 07:30-13:00 14:00-17:00
Windhoek Container Depot
Mondays to Fridays 06:30-18:00
Comments: By special arrangement with the Depot Supervisor, the Depot can open on Saturday
Mondays to Fridays 07:30-13:00* 14:00-17:00*
At present, the Port of Walvis Bay is serviced by Maritime Carrier Shipping (MACS), Maersk/Safmarine, Canada State Africa Lines (CSAL), CMA-CGM, GAL Service, Maruba, Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL), MSC, NMT Shipping, UAL and Ocean Africa Container Lines.
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