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Kenya: KPA Blamed for Cargo Congestion at Mombasa Port

Tuesday, 14 February 2012 | 11:00
The Kenya International Freight and Warehousing Association has accused the Kenya Ports Authority of failing to balance the cargo container arrivals and offtake at the port.
Speaking to the Star on the phone, Nairobi branch chairman William Ojonyo said failure by the port management to balance the two is causing congestion. "They have failed to balance the two. At the moment, we have more containers arriving at the port than those being taken by the owners. This is as a result of piling cargo at Container Freight Stations," said Ojonyo.
Ojonyo said containers from the port destined for upcountry should be taken directly to Inland Container Depots (located in Kisumu and Nairobi rather than piling them at CFSs that have failed to execute their mandate effectively. He also said the two-week-old Rapid Response Initiative, launched by the Ministry of Transport in attempts to decongest the port will not help. "CFSs are the major bottle necks towards the implementation of the initiative. They are there to mint money for people and not help decongest the port," he added.
He accused CFS owners of deliberately delaying cargos in their facilities to attract higher remarshalling fees. KPA senior public relations officer Hajj Masemo said that ICDs can only handle cargo when the railway network from Mombasa to Kisumu and Nairobi has been revamped. "The railway is the only appropriate means to deliver cargo to the ICDs and we as KPA are not opposed but we want the government to zoom in and operationalize the dilapidated railway system," said Masemo.
He also added that the ICD board failed to bid the required Kshs300 million bonds after the transporters tabled Sh200 million bond to enhance use of ICD by the port. Masemo said cargo off-take can only be resolved after Kenya's road network is put in order. He said that the arrivals and waiting ships had reduced from 10 to 5 with containers reducing from 20,000 to 17,000 in two weeks.
Source: All Africa
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