BMW Moving Exports Through Maputo – A Sign of Frustration with Durban and Transnet?

BMW says it is to ship vehicles from its Rosslyn, Pretoria assembly plant through Maputo in Mozambique for the first time. Grindrod is a catalyst for this, due to its investment in Maputo. BMW will also expand shipments through Durban. Is the decision to start using Maputo something we should welcome? Or are we seeing signs that the inefficiencies and delays at Durban, and the hazards of moving vehicles by rail to Durban, or more expensively by road, are beginning to trigger a change in strategy?

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