Of all the ports in Tanzania, Dar es Salaam Port is the largest and handles approximately 11 million tons of cargo (65% of Tanzania’s import and export volumes).

 

Table: Showing total Traffic handled by Dar es Salaam Port (‘000)

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Domestic 3884 4071 4329 4505 4782 4614 5358 5908 6627 7726 7469
Transit 1069 1608 1551 1756 2178 2452 2532 3073 3625 4237 3910
Total 4953 5679 5880 6261 6960 7066 7890 8981 10252 11963 11379
Source: TPA

From the table above, domestic cargo handled has been increasing at 7.9% per annum whereas transit traffic has been increasing at 16.5%. This is an indication that the demand for port services for Dar Port by transit countries keeps on increasing at a faster rate than it is for domestic Tanzania.

Figure: showing the Graphical analysis of Transit Vs domestic traffic handled by Dar port

Source: Analysis by TTFA

Table: Trend of Traffic handled by Dar Port to TTFA Member States 2007-2013

  2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Average Growth 2012 Vs 2013
Tanzania 4,502,976 4,597,449 5,139,251 5,638,082 6,329,769 7,416,364 8,533,191 15%
Uganda 38,214 67,302 23,930 32,708 66,233 62,482 245,541 293%
Burundi 155,943 193,108 167,693 341,364 356,151 308,723 350,424 14%
Rwanda 88,586 177,257 110,987 272,426 356,606 561,329 680,057 21%
DRC 555,782 632,157 506,310 711,499 838,304 1,022,327 1,117,248 9%

 

Source: Tanzania Ports Authority
FIGURE: Showing Trend Of Trafic Handles by DAR PORT to TTFA Member States 2007-2013

From the graphical analysis above, it is clear that traffic handled at Dar es Salaam Port has been going up consistently but most notably, Uganda’s traffic has grown by 293%, 2012-2013.