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Transport Minister Carlos Mesquita. File photo: Macauhub
Mozambican Transport Minister Carlos Mesquita has called for the Machipanda frontier crossing with neighbouring Zimbabwe to be developed into a one-stop border post to build competitive advantages over other regional routes.
According to Radio Mozambique, Mesquita pointed out that he has noticed an improvement in the flow of people crossing the border, which lies in the central province of Manica. However, he stressed that improvements in the migration and customs services are needed to accelerate the processing of people and goods.
In January last year, the customs authorities of Mozambique and Zimbabwe raised the possibility of opening the border 24 hours a day to facilitate customs clearance to help tackle the problem of trucks being delayed for up to two days on the border.
Machipanda marks the beginning of the Beira Corridor which links Zimbabwe with the international port at Beira on the Indian Ocean. Over 800 people and 300 trucks cross the frontier every day.Source: AIM