23 November 2012

Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG) Launches Office in Sao Paulo, Brazil

- Connecting Brazil with Southern Africa through Port of Walvis Bay 
- 7 days sailing time between South America and Southern Africa 
- WBCG has offices in DRC, South Africa, Zambia and Brazil 

20 November 2012 - The Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG) has expanded its footprint to the South American region, through the successful launch of the WBCG office in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The office further strengthens the WBCG’s position in Sao Paulo, Brazil with an eye to establishing a direct link between South America and Walvis Bay. This direct link will afford importers and exporters greater access between South America and Walvis Bay, within 7 days, particularly with the shipment of time-sensitive cargo, amongst others, hence increasing the utilization of the Walvis Bay Corridors between Brazil and Southern Africa. 

The launch was successfully attended by key stakeholders in the transport community and the Ambassador of Namibia to Brazil, HE Lineekela Mboti welcomed the guests and officially launched the office of the WBCG in Sao Paulo. In addition the guests were treated to presentations by the Port of Walvis Bay and the WBCG on the benefits and opportunities on the link between South America and Southern Africa. The keynote speaker for the event, Dr. Joao de Almeida Sampaio Filho, who is the Vice President of Mafriq, has noted the importance of Brazilian firms to explore the SADC trade market for both imports and exports. The Marfrig Group is a multinational company with operations in the food and food service sectors in Brazil and in 15 other countries around the world. 

With the strategic location of the Port of Walvis Bay and the establishment of the office in Sao Paulo, the WBCG office will be better equipped to serve the needs of importers and exporters wishing to move cargo between South America and Southern Africa. 

The WBCG has offices in the Lubumbashi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), South Africa and Zambia and Brazil, now being the latest expansion into the South American region. 

Connecting Brazil with southern Africa through the Port of Walvis Bay offers considerable benefits to importers and exporters as a result of the short sailing time that potentially exists between Brazil and the Port of Walvis Bay. Various commodities such as frozen chicken, meat, equipment, furniture and other consumables are currently being imported for Angola, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This new trade route for Southern Africa offers the shortest international trade route for the SADC region, which is only seven days of sailing time between South America and Southern Africa, via Walvis Bay, Namibia. This therefore means that markets such as the Gauteng Province in Southern Africa could be reached within 10 days from Brazil to Johannesburg, South Africa, via the Port of Walvis Bay and the TransKalahari Corridor route. 

Source: WBCG