Transitex, based in Mozambique for over 13 years, has begun 2021 consolidating its expansion in this market, as a result of the strong investment made between 2019 and 2020. Today, Transitex has a team of 100 employees in this market, distributed through offices in Maputo, Beira, Nacala, Nampula and Pemba, the company’s most recent location in the African continent. The team is supported by a structure that includes six warehouses from North to South of the country and a road fleet.
Responsible for this market, Tiago Martins recalls that, when he was given the responsibility of leading this project, his team was made up of only 2 employees. In 2021, almost everything changed, but the ambition to grow remains the same: “In 2020, for the first time in our history in Mozambique, we reached a turnover of more than 1 billion meticais (10.945.711.690 euros), the result of our bet, first on the consolidation of Transitex’s historic businesses and second in new customers and segments, where we managed to exceed expectations with the quality of the services we provide. In 2021, we want to further strengthen our position in the markets where we operate and position ourselves as an anchor for the logistics of the oil and gas sector in northern Mozambique, where we are already present.”
On the challenges of leading the success of Transitex’s business in Mozambique Tiago had a positive and ambitious vision from the beginning, “Perhaps, the biggest challenge was to assemble a team with sufficient technical competence and innovation capacity to offer excellent customer service. For me, as a leader, being able to find the best talents and incorporate them into Transitex’s vision is exciting, especially when we are a company serving several different markets and continents while maintaining our DNA, regardless of where we are. We may change the idiom, but we all speak the same ‘language’.”
Transitex’s historic businesses in Mozambique are mainly the result of its strong connections with the Portuguese companies in this market, that still offers new opportunities to Portuguese investors- “There is a lot happening in Mozambique, with postponements, first due to the debt scandal in 2016, then by Covid-19 and finally by the insurgencies happening in northern region of the country. Still, Mozambique remains one of the best investment destinations and should be preferred by Portuguese companies, due to the common language, culture proximity and the history of existing relationships. We are all looking forward to the oil and natural gas businesses being developed right now, Portugal already has some experience in similar industries, which undoubtedly represents an asset.”
Transitex Mozambique has become the company’s central branch in Africa and is now a model structure for all Transitex locations around the globe, due to the success achieved through a complete service catalogue made to create logistical solutions fully adapted to the reality of each customer, and for its complex and extensive structure.