Saturday, April 30, 2016


Our News group created this week is very active.  We share news, information, learning and experience.
Today Sat. Apr. 30, 2016, besides sharing news, we talked life things.
The Oil pipeline from Uganda to Tanzania to the port of Tanga is on everyone's mind.
Reviving the Railway, drenching out the ports, refurbishing the ferries will serve both countries well and the neighbouring dependers who are land locked.
Living on the East Coast of Canada with ports nearby (Halifax and Montreal), it took a bit of time to think about Uganda.  Mind you, we have international airports in Moncton, Halifax, Montreal and we also fly out of Boston and NYC.
What Ugandans do not realise is the reality of infrastructure.  Infrastructure drives the economy.  You can read about this on one of my articles.  It is on The Insider and my blog.
For the Tanga port to work, it will not only be about Oil.  Well Oil is so very elusive.  The infrastructure for TZ to work with Uganda needs the Railway system working the way it did under those swines whom some of you might remember as Dr. Obote (RIP) and General Marshal Idi Amin (RIP).
For one thing, just like in the British days, anyone who has access to money should think about setting up a shop, hostel or hotel along that line (pipeline and railway).  Ask the East Indians.  They did well.  Drivers need a rest place and food.
Currently, the Mombasa port (Kenya for UPE) handles pretty well all the ocean freight into Uganda which is then trucked by road to Uganda.  Clearance for containers takes 4 working days.  Just think about this.  If you were shipping frozen goods or temperature controlled goods, you would pay a lot for storage.
This new route via Tanga to Mwanza then to Jinja and Port Bell has the potential to make some people very very rich.
I have researched Cold Storages in the 3 ports and found none.  Frozen goods must be held at negative 18-22 temperatures all the time or else someone could get sick from defrosted food poisoning.  Bacteria grows in warm temperatures.
We also need Cold Storages right from the port of Tanga and along the way, all the way to each port.
We also need temperature controlled trucks (we just call them reefers in North America) to transport those goods.  In any breakdown, we need close by temperature controlled storage facilities (usually referred to as Cold Storage).  Cold storages can have a section for completely frozen and a section for fridge temperature. Frozen really should be around negative 20 degrees and fridge temperature should be around 4 degrees.
Then we need an excellent IT system for tracking everything from the shipper to the receiver and throughout this whole transportation business.  It came as a shock to me to learn that EAC was going to introdude electonic monitoring and clearing of containers.  I was like.. what have they been doing all this time?
Temperature control and proper storage works similarly for Air Freight.  Imagine if you are shipping 10,000 of Nile Perch and your non temperature control truck breaks down on the Jinja Kampala Road.  That product will not pass the BIP inspection in the EU.  And you might miss the flight anyway so it will be money down the tube.
Information you might not like but your opinion has never paid my bills.
Martha Leah Nangalama
Moncton, Canada
Whatsapp +15068716371
I have an IT and business background and was a half owner of a seafood export company for 5yrs.

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