Zambia’s chamber of mines says rail transport law ‘inappropriate and unworkable’

Date: Feb 1, 2018
A new Zambian law compelling mining companies and other bulk cargo firms to transport at least 30% of their freight by rail is “economically inappropriate and unworkable” and should be reviewed, the Chamber of Mines said on Wednesday.

Transport Minister Brian Mushimba said on Friday the law was meant to revive the rail sector and also to reduce the cost of doing business because railway transport was cheaper than road haulage.

But the Chamber of Mines in Africa’s second-largest copper producer said the rail infrastructure in the country’s copperbelt was in poor repair, lacked capacity and adequate security provision.

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