The Dar es Salaam corridor links the land locked countries of Democratic Republic of Congo (especially the southern part), Republic of Malawi and Republic of Zambia with the port of Dar es Salaam in the United Republic of Tanzania while also similarly serving the southern part of Tanzania. The main transport routes on the corridor are road and rail covering a total distance of five thousand four hundred kilometres. Inland water way also forms part of the corridor.
The Dar es Salaam Corridor Committee (DCC) is a forum for regional cooperation on cross boarder transport policy formulation, regulation and operation. The Committee was established by constitution in the year 2003, under auspices of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), and it is composed of public and private institutions from member countries. Its current membership comprises the United Republic of Tanzania, the Republic of Malawi, the Republic of Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The DCC is domiciled in Tanzania, through a Secretariat established to support the implementation of interventions and measures agreed by the DCC members.
The DCC exists to facilitate and promote trade in and among member states using the corridor through facilitation of reduction of total transit time on the corridor and reduction of total transport cost for corridor traffic. The DCC's intervention strategies include:
- Promoting infrastructure development
- Simplifying and harmonising regulations
- Supporting businesses with management processes
Some of the key programs and projects are Monitoring Corridor Performance, Port Improvement (Infrastructure and Systems), Rationalization of rail operations, One-Stop-Border-Posts and Customs Connectivity, Self-regulation for transport operators, Accreditation for customs clearing agents and Safety and HIV Interventions (Wellness Centers).