Cargo owners to enjoy three months flat rate of promotional tariff
Published On 10 Jan, 2018


Recently at the Mombasa port, the arrival of the first consignment of 52 export containers was ferried on the standard gauge railway (SGR)

The managing director of Kenya Railways, Atanas Maina, made mention that most of the containers were exports by logistics firm Bolore Africa and that the containers loaded some items which belonged to three other companies.

“Bolore has 48 containers loaded with coffee and French beans while the others belong to three companies and contain wood carvings and animal skins,” he said.

After six months of testing, the commercial operations of the freight train service resumed their duty come Monday last week. The first train left Mombasa port with a full load of 216 containers.

Nonetheless, the second train was held in abeyance following lack of enough cargo. The corporation has since then made it known that it had entered into accordance with the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) and that Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) will direct more cargo on the trains.

Clearing and forwarding agents, as well as importers, had raised concern that return of containers was not factored in their agreements with Kenya Railways.

As the corporation will be charging Sh50,000 and Sh70,000 for the 20- and 40-foot containers respectively between Mombasa and Nairobi inland container depot.

For the changes made there will be changing of documentation for Nairobi and any upcountry cargo that would be destined to Nairobi Inland Container Depot.

Mr Maina made it known that the Transport and Infrastructure secretary James Macharia as of the weekend approved of  the three-months promotional tariff that would allow shippers to receive their cargo and returned containers to the port at a flat rate.

“The promotional tariff of $645 (about Sh66,435) and $843 (Sh86,829) for a 20-foot and 40-foot container respectively includes railage and other handling charges by the shippers including the return of empty containers by Kenya Railways to Port Reitz Railway Station or the port,” he said.

The tariff follows consultations would be held between Kenya Railways and the KPA, the KRA, Shippers Council of Eastern Africa on behalf of importers and exporters in Kenya and eastern Africa and Kenya Shippers Agents Association representing shipping agents and brokers.

“The move will also give Kenya Railways, the KPA and KRA an early opportunity to test and improve on the processes at the one-stop border post based at the recently upgraded Inland Container Depot to enhance customer experience during this inaugural period,” he added.

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