Cargo Set For Malaba and Kampala

Cargo Set For Malaba and Kampala

Trans-shipment of container cargo from the Standard Gauge Railway to the Meter Gauge Railway at Naivasha ICD for onward transportation to Kisumu, Malaba and Kampala has commenced securing external markets for available produce in the Lake Region thus linking the region to coast.

In order to bring port services closer to its customers and reduce port congestion, Kenya Ports Authority has constructed inland container depots at Nairobi, Kisumu and Eldoret. These depots are linked to the Mombasa Port container terminal by a rail-tainer service. On the other hand, Kisumu is rapidly transforming into an integral economic hub in Western Kenya.

All Transit cargo destined for regional countries will now be delivered to the facility straight from the Port of Mombasa. From the Naivasha ICD, Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan and beyond will then ferry cargo to their ports. By commencing full-fledged operations, Kenya Railways is bringing cargo closer to the customer.

The Kenya Railways Corporation had earlier reduced the tariff charged on cargo destined from Mombasa to Malaba by over 50 per cent. The move is meant to increase cargo ferried through the railway and reduce the time taken to transport goods to neighbouring countries.

KTDA managed factories are also expected to start transporting their produce via rail in a move to de-congest roads and streamline flow of tea ahead of export.

The Kenya Airports Authority plans to put up a Sh135 million cargo facility at the Kisumu International Airport that could drive the export and import trade in the region. This will not only reduce traffic on the road but also reduce the expenses incurred by companies and individuals while ferrying cargo.

Stakeholders in the fresh produce sector have backed the establishment of this cargo division and cold chain logistics at the Kisumu International Airport following a consultative meeting with the Lake Region Economic Bloc.