The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) held the Makuti Dry Port site meeting with the Minister of State for Mashonaland West Province - Honourable Marry Mliswa-Chikoka, in Makuti. The Makuti Dry Port has been chosen as the pilot project for all the other three dry ports to be established in Zimbabwe.
In attendance was the ZIMRA Commissioner General Ms Faith Mazani and some members of the Executive Management who included the Commissioner for Customs and Excise, Mr Happias Kuzvinzwa. The local Chief Mambo Chundu, the local Member of Parliament Honourable Gandawa, Hurungwe Rural District Council leadership, police, the army and several invited guests were in attendance.
The dry port concept is a novel concept which entails the setting up of an inland intermodal terminal directly connected by road or rail to a seaport, operating as a centre for the transshipment of sea cargo to inland destinations.
n addition to their role in cargo transshipment, dry ports may also include facilities for storage and consolidation of goods, maintenance for road or rail cargo carriers and customs clearance services. The location of these facilities at a dry port relieves competition for storage and customs space at the seaport itself.
A dry inland port can speed up the flow of cargo between ships and major land transportation networks, creating a more central distribution point. Inland ports can improve the movement of imports and exports, moving the time-consuming sorting and processing of containers inland, away from congested seaports.