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DRC’s First Shipment of Copper Ore to China

The Port of Lobito marked a historic moment as the first shipment of 1,246 tons of concentrated copper ore from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) set sail for China on January 20th aboard the vessel M/V-MSC HELENA III.

This significant event follows the successful loading of 49 containers at the Port of Lobito, where the copper ore had been stationed for 16 days after being part of an experimental train’s cargo. 

The meticulous planning and execution of the shipment underscore the Port of Lobito’s efficiency in handling valuable resources.

Nicolau Neto, the Director of Operations at the Port of Lobito, provided insights into the thriving export operations. He disclosed that a second train, carrying 557 tons of concentrated copper ore in 260 volumes, had arrived on January 6th. 

Furthermore, on January 19th, an additional 16 wagons brought 627.5 tons of copper ore in 320 volumes, reinforcing the port’s role as a crucial hub for mineral exports.

The successful transportation of these copper resources represents a collaborative triumph for both the Port of Lobito and the Lobito Atlantic Railway. 

The operation not only highlights the port’s strategic position but also emphasizes its commitment to fostering international trade.

This groundbreaking venture is expected to have far-reaching economic implications for the Democratic Republic of Congo, positioning it as a key player in the global copper market. 

The efficient handling and dispatch of these shipments have set a positive precedent for future trade activities between the DRC and China.

Source: Copperbelt Katanga Mining

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