The members of this institution will soon be settled in the logistics area of Mboro. This is one of the spin-offs of the Council's working visit to Kribi last 31 January.
On a commercial marketing mission to Cameroon, a delegation of the Central African Shippers' Council (CCAC) met on 31 January 2020 with several PAK senior officials, among which Michaël MAMA, Operations Manager; Augustin ESSOH, General Administration Manager; Emmanuel ZOA ZIBI, Head of the Cooperation Unit; Raoul FEGANG, Executive Assistant to the Deputy General Manager. Joël NGOUIN GANA, Head of the CAR hosts, Expert at the Central African Ministry of Transport and Chairman of the Joint Technical Commission in charge of the Land Transport Convention, was accompanied by Bertin GOUNIOU, CCAC General Manager; Floris ENDJITO, General Manager of the Central African Road Chartering Bureau (BARC) and Jean Bruno GAMBI, Press Officer at the Central African Ministry of Transport. They came to explore the business opportunities offered by PAK in terms of investments and passage of goods. They exchanged with their Cameroonian partners on issues of common interest including those related to the procedures for entry and exit of goods, the respective roles of the various players involved in the port platform, the completion of the installation of the Central African Customs in Kribi. In an enriching presentation prepared for this purpose, PAK officials were able to provide clear and concise answers to each of the CCAC's concerns. These answers provided the following information: - The compressed transit time for goods through PAK is two days for imports and four days for exports; - The volume of goods to or from CAR shows an increase of 991 TEU in 2019 against 386 TEU in 2018; - Concerning the tariffs for its services, PAK has granted a 30% reduction on goods, 25% on stevedoring and 75% on parking penalties. Referring to the prospects for Central African economic operators on the Kribi port platform, PAK officials outlined some incentives offered to CAR investors, including a land reserve of more than 15 hectares and the possibility for the latter to send their installation requests directly to PAK. Furthermore, PAK indicated that the scanning of goods in transit is subject to an international security requirement to which the Port of Kribi complies (regarding its ISPS certification). This security measure that will be extended, in the coming weeks, to all ports in Africa. As concerns a truck parking lot, PAK assured that a space, already under development, had been made available by the Kribi City Council. Finally, offices were granted by the GUCE to the CAR Customs. The CCAC's request for the extension of this working space will be taken into consideration.
The working session at PAK ended with a visit to the infrastructure of the deep-sea port. At the end of the visit, the head of the delegation said he was "very impressed by the transformation that has been taking place for some time in Kribi". In return, the CCAC delegation undertook to intensify the promotion of PAK among Central African shippers as a whole.