TANZANIA is set to boost exports of its products, especially perishable goods, to foreign markets following setting up of a modern 6 million US dollars (about 10bn/- ) storage facility at the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) in Dar es Salaam.

Managing Director of Africa Flight Services (AFS), Mr. Mohamed Anur, said in Dar es Salaam that the firm, which is part of the Worldwide Flight Services (WFS), would be engaged in cargo handling and not ground handling.

“We have been receiving a lot of phone calls from airlines and airport authorities regarding news that we will be conducting ground handling at JNIA, but the truth is that we will only be doing cargo handling,” Mr. Anur explained.

He, however, noted that his firm is among those which have submitted bids to provide ground handling services at the airport, following liberalisation of the aviation industry by the government of Tanzania.
WFS is among leading independent cargo handling companies in the world, handling over four million tonnes of cargo per annum.

The conglomerate is present in 121 stations globally, serving more than 50 million passengers per year. “With 10,000 employees, WFS supports more than 300 airlines and airport authorities across the globe,” according to WFS Chief Operating Officer (COO) Mr. Barry Nassberg.

Tanzania is the second station of operations in Africa after the company launched first operations in South Africa in the year 2012. In Tanzania, the new firm plans to start with 120 employees, the COO noted, saying that the company would strive to train locals in the cargo handling services and thus shun using foreign experts in its operations.

According to Mr. Nassberg, though the aviation industry in the country was still in its infancy stages, there were a lot of opportunities in the mode of transport.

He also pointed out the fact that lack of a vibrant national carrier was holding back growth of the industry.
Established as a family business in 1983, the company operates at over 100 airports across 22 countries in the world.

The WFS chose Tanzania to put up the facility due to, among others, steady economic growth, political stability and conducive environment to do business, according to the WFS’s COO.

The Director of AFS, Mr. Juma Mabakila, expressed optimism that the storage facility will enable the country boost exports of fruits, flowers, meat vegetables and other non-perishable goods. According to the officials, the cargo facility at the JNIA will become operational in the fourth quarter of this year.

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