Nairobi depot surges 62pc to 418,830 TEU as Mombasa ups capacity

CARGO volumes handled at the Inland Container Deport-Nairobi (ICDN) rose by 62

26 February 2020 - 19:00

CARGO volumes handled at the Inland Container Deport-Nairobi (ICDN) rose by 62.4 per cent in 2019 to 418,830 TEU on the back of improved freight train turnaround times on the standard gauge railway (SGR), new rail freight services, and the port of Mombasa's container handling capacity reaching a record 1.4 million TEU.

'This has been achieved as a result of improved efficiency along the logistics chain from Mombasa to ICDN,' Nairobi ICD manager Peter Masinde told the Nairobi Star. 'This especially after head of public service circular of June, 2019 aligning government agencies involved in cargo clearance process,' Mr Masinde said.

Imports amounted to 262,895 TEU, a year-on-year increase of 48 per cent, while exports rose by 17.7 per cent to stand at 13,777 TEU.

Export (Empty) traffic registered 142,158 TEU in 2019 compared to 68,619 TEU in 2019, which is an increase by 73,539 TEU or 107.2 per cent.

In 2019 imports accounted for 62.8 per cent, exports 3.3 per cent and empties 33.9 per cent of the total traffic compared to 68.9 per cent, 4.5 per cent and 26.6 per cent, respectively, in 2018.

Cargo dwell time at the Embakasi facility, which serves the Nairobi industrial area and businesses in the capital and its surroundings, averaged eight days. This is an improvement compared to previous years when it would take up to 14 days to clear a container from the facility.

The improved dwell time has been supported by the automation of gates and increased cargo handling capacity at the facility, which is heavily fed by the SGR.

An average of nine trains with 44 wagons move cargo from Mombasa to Nairobi every day with an average 900 containers landing at the facility daily.

Kenya Port Authority (KPA) is putting in place structures to commence operations at the Naivasha Inland Container Deport, targeted for transit cargo to Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan and parts of Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi, key destinations for cargo through the port of Mombasa.


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