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Kenya insists on dry port use over Ugandan objections

THE Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) plans to construct an administration block and create more facilities at the Naivasha dry port as usage of the facility increases, reports the Nairobi Star

18 June 2020 - 19:06

THE Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) plans to construct an administration block and create more facilities at the Naivasha dry port as usage of the facility increases, reports the Nairobi Star.

This is despite a recent backlash by Uganda, which opposes mandatory clearance of transit cargo at the facility 50 miles northwest of Nairobi, saying its use should be optional.



Apart from KPA, which runs the country's ports, Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) and Kenya Railways Corporation have also set camp in Naivasha. Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan revenue authorities are also there.



'The Naivasha Inland Container Depot (ICD has a capacity of 5,000 TEU and enough reach stackers and terminal tractors,' said KPA acting managing director Rashid Salim.



Currently the ICD receives one full container train of 108 TEU per week from Mombasa for the transit market. Two trains per day are expected at its peak. KPA yesterday said transit countries are now taking advantage of the new facility to collect their cargo, saving the time and distance to Mombasa or Nairobi.



'This also helps to reduce congestion on our roads,' Mr Salim said.



He also said shipping lines and forwarders have expressed their interest to establish themselves at the strategic depot to handle transit cargo.



Already some of the lines have begun to bring containers on a Through Bill of Lading to Naivasha.



'The ICD presents a great opportunity for better handling of transit cargo on TBL,' Paul Mwakisha, national manager, overland & customs brokerage, Kuehne + Nagel.



Apart from KPA, which runs the country's ports, Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) and Kenya Railways Corporation have also set camp in Naivasha.



It is envisaged that the facility will be receiving two trains per day at its peak. KPA yesterday said transit countries are now taking advantage of the new facility to collect their cargo, saving the time and distance to Mombasa or Nairobi.



'This also helps to reduce congestion on our roads,' Mr Salim said, adding that shipping lines and forwarders have expressed their interest to establish themselves at the strategic depot to handle transit cargo.



'The ICD presents a great opportunity for better handling of transit cargo on TBL,' Paul Mwakisha, national manager, overland & customs brokerage, Kuehne+ Nagel.



The Naivasha ICD also comes in handy to minimise transit trucks entering Nairobi which is most affected at the time the country is battling Covid-19.


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