Filter content by area of interest
Ports & Terminals
Port AuthoritiesContainerBulkBreakbulk/General CargoRo-Ro/AutomotiveGTOs
Cargo Handling Equipment
STS CranesYard CranesMobile CHERo-Ro EquipmentBreakbulk EquipmentLow ThroughputBulk Handling Equipment
Shipping & Logistics
Container ShippingBreakbulk/General CargoRo-Ro ShippingDry Bulk ShippingLiquid cargoesLogistics
ICT
TOSPlanning & Optimisation TechnologyWiFiMobile ComputingPort Community SystemsAsset Tracking & Monitoring
Automation
Automated EquipmentGate AutomationRemote ControlProcess Automation
Multimodal
RailInland WaterwaysShortsea ShippingRoadAir-Cargo
Container Industry
Container manufactureContainer leasingRepair/StorageTradingConversion/Innovation
Refrigeration
Operations/TransportContainer leasingEquipmentM&R/Storage
Breakbulk
General cargoProject Cargo/Heavy LiftForest productsRo-Ro/AutomotiveAgribulks
Safety & Security
InsuranceHazardous cargoLashings/SecuringLegal/Regulatory
Civil Engineering
Port & terminal construction/designCivil & Consulting EngineersDredging & ReclamationMooring & FenderingLightingPaving & Surfacing
Environment
Business
InsuranceLegal/RegulatoryAppointments/PeopleMergers/Acquisitions/RestructuringFinance/Financial ResultsTrade & Professional AssociationsBusiness/Commerce Miscellaneous
 View all Topics View all Topics A-Z
More View all Topics View all Topics A-Z

You are viewing 1 of your 1 guest articles


register  or  login  for full access to online news

Mombasa to Nairobi container transport – rail only

The Kenyan government has issued a Directive to transfer all imported cargo from Mombasa to Nairobi through the Standard Gauge Railway

Linked InTwitterFacebookeCard

Last Friday, the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) and Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) said all imported cargo will be transported from the port to Nairobi through the railway starting 7th August, Kenya’s Daily Nation reported.

 

"All imported cargo for delivery to Nairobi and hinterland shall be conveyed by SGR and cleared at the Inland Container Depot in Nairobi while all cargo intended for Mombasa and its environs shall be cleared at the Port of Mombasa," read part of the notice to the public.

 

The move will render hundreds of employees working in different Container Freight Stations (CFS) and clearing and forwarding agents in Mombasa jobless as more than 85% of cargo would be cleared in Nairobi, said the newspaper.

 

Different stakeholders in the industry have protested against the government’s move, saying the mandatory rule violates the World Trade Organisation (WTO) agreement which call for free flow of cargo by the most cost-effective means. Kenya is a signatory to the rules.

Container train on the SGR. (Photo: Daily Nation)
Container train on the SGR. (Photo: Daily Nation)

Kenya International Freight and Warehousing Association (Kifwa) chairman Roy Mwanthi said the association is set to issue official complaint to the government to demonstrate their frustrations. "The move has killed all CFSs and is the last nail to the economy of Mombasa as we expect hundreds of job losses," said Mr Mwanthi.

 

One observer told WorldCargo News: "Kenya is losing millions on the SGR, and the Chinese are getting angry about the inability of the government to repay the loan. There has been talk of China taking control of the port and using its revenues. The SGR does not yet reach the Uganda border, thus limiting opportunities in transit trade."

 

This would put Kenya inside the same Chinese "debt trap" as Sri Lanka (port of Hambamtota).

Linked InTwitterFacebookeCard

You may also be interested in...

JV boost for Shanghai

Sibre/EMG for ADT

VTG introduces rCE Powerpack

China and Nepal agree transit trade deal

Chinese operators march offshore

Primorsk development plan

Related Stories

Nairobi backs down on SGR decree

The government of Kenya has backtracked on a recent decree that all cargo import...

People on the move – Nils Kahn to head MSC Germany

Women are appointed for the first time to top roles in Everett and Bremen Ports;...

Portico acquires three new reach stackers

Portico, Portsmouth’s international cargo terminal operator, has taken delivery...

Blyth receives world's longest wind power blade

The world’s longest offshore wind turbine blade has arrived at the Port of Blyth...
Linked In
Twitter