Port Operations in Dar es Salaam
This study examines port operations in Dar es Salaam. Data were obtained through interviews, observations and literature review. Findings reveal that there have been some major improvements in the port, which have brought dwell times for containerized trade down, to approximately 2 days on average, as of early 2016, this has reduced congestion and improved overall performance. There are many challenges facing the port, chief amount these are the cost facing port users. Studies show that Dar es Salaam Port is more expensive than key regional competitors. In addition the tax regime is not as competitive as other ports - numerous taxes and levies are applied, including a ‘double taxation’ on cargo storage by TPA and TRA and Value Added Tax (VAT) imposed on transit cargo passing through Dar es Salaam Port for inward shipment to neighbouring countries.