Swissport, the country’s leading aviation services provider, has stepped up significant improvements on its export and import facilities in a spirited drive to boost the performance of the aviation industry in Tanzania by putting up a of an import warehouse valued at $13 million (Tsh.26 billion) to be completed end of this month .
“Anticipated growth of the aviation industry in Tanzania will just be a pipe-dream in the absence of reliable export and import aviation service providers,” said Swissport Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Gaudence Temu during a media visit of the company’s newly-established facilities at the Mwalimu Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA).
Aviation is one of the sensitive and lucrative industries whose survival and growth depends on consistent and reliable support services including cargo handling, bonded warehousing, mail handling, full freighter ramp handling, export and import document handling, among others.
“It’s impossible for the aviation industry of any country to grow if there are no quality aviation support-services,” noted Aviation Expert Andrew Msechu.
Realising the importance of support services, the Swissport CEO said they have decided to improve export and import facilities, which are key pillars for progressive growth of the aviation industry in Tanzania.
Describing specific improvements made, Temu said current Swissport’s cold room facility with regard to exports had been expanded as new arrangements would allow scanning/screening directly into the acceptance cold room.
He noted that existing cold rooms has been partitioned into two: 200-square metre area and 100 square metre-areas to provide for different environments and for a clear segregation of PER commodities.
Expounding, the Swissport boss said the firm had installed a 20-foot scale in the area, “with options to print weight dockets as per airline requirements.”
According to him, the newly-installed export facilities have the capacity to store perishable goods such as flowers, vegetables from the northern circuit, southern highlands, meat and fish products from different parts of the country areas which he says have great potential for the promotion of exports in Tanzania.
On the import side, Swissport, the world’s leading provider of ground and air cargo services to the aviation industry, has put up a state of the art air-cargo import warehouse, with a fully secured environment, access control through turnstiles and biometric locks, 24/7 CCTV, 100% vehicle check.
Among other things, the import house has special cargo facility and rooms, dedicated express handling/courier facility, mini-shipment tower, dedicated bulk/out-of-gauge storage and a release facility, fully covered shipment release and loading bays equipped with dock levellers /loading bridges (8 bays for large trucks and 4 for medium to small trucks).
According to Swissport Contract and Marketing, James Mhagama the latest Swissport’s operational reforms have been introduced to support government-led initiatives at improving the country’s export-import trade, on one hand, and boost up the performance of the aviation industry that are important components for pushing up aggregate economy and thus improve the social and economic welfare of millions of Tanzanians.
Swissport provides services to some airlines ATCL, Egypt Air, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, EWA Air, Fly Dubai, Kenya Airways, and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. Others are, LAM-Linhas Aereas de Mocambique, Malawian Airlines, Oman Air, Qatar Airways, Rwandair Express, South African Airways (SAA), Swiss International Air Lines, and Turkish Airlines.