Burundi bound import containers record 294 percent growth as KPA plans to develop Taveta Depot

Mombasa – December 6, 2017

Burundi bound import containers through the Port of Mombasa jump-lipped from a mere 18 Twenty Feet Equivalent Units (TEUs) to 71 TEUs equivalent to 294 percent in the week ended November 29th.

 The incredible growth rate comes at a time when infrastructural developments and other measures are being implemented to enhance efficiency along the Northern corridor. Among these is the construction of an alternative route from the Port to Burundi through Holili, Singida-Kobero border and finally to Bujumbura. The route will cover about 1545 Kilometres which reduces the distance from Mombasa to Bujumbura through the Northern Corridor by 358 Kms.

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Loading of export containers  at the Port of Mombasa's berth number 21. 

During the week under review, total import containers however dropped to 6,116 TEUs to record a decline of 1,860 TEUs or 23.31 percent compared to the previous week. Local bound containers recorded 1,620 TEUs from 2,418 TEUs while those destined to the transit destinations went down to 4,496 TEUs from 5,558 TEUs. 

 Uganda, the traditional leading customer in the transit market segment accounted for 3,565 TEUs, with Tanzania following at a distant second with 270 TEUs. Others included South Sudan which accounted for 231 TEUs, Democratic Republic of Congo with 178 TEUs, and Rwanda with 131 TEUs and Somalia with 42 TEUs.

 The week saw the Container Terminals receive 12 vessels that recorded ship average working time of 1. 89            days as the container dwell time registered 4.06 days. The vessels  

discharged 9,878 TEUs, full and empty and loaded another 7,188 TEUs. Container deliveries by road transport recorded 9,224 TEUs while the rail evacuated 118 TEUs only.

 Total container yard population registered 13,259 TEUs recording a growth of 1,310 TEUs from the previous week. The new population comprised 5,278 TEUS awaiting pickup order, 2,055 TEUs ready for collection and 1,103 full exports (nominated/un-nominated).Others included 834 TEUs transhipments, 3,055 TEUs empties and 934 TEUs at the Customs warehouse.

Operations at the Container Freight Stations (CFS) went on as usual reporting total containers received as 824,259TEUs while deliveries and balances registered 820,778TEUs and 3,481TEUs respectively.

At the Conventional cargo Terminal, a total of 230,651 metric tonnes of cargo was handled at an average of 32,950 metric tonnes per day. Bulk wheat recorded 87,283 metric tonnes to emerge the leading commodity followed by bulk Clinker which recorded 42,780 metric tonnes and bulk iron exports which recorded 41,780 metric tonnes.

Other commodities handled included 35,211 metric tonnes of bulk maize, 16,385 metric tonnes of steel and 1,457metric tonnes of assorted general cargo. Motorcar carriers discharged 2875 units of motorcars and 101 units of trucks.

Meanwhile forecast for the next 14 days indicate that 21 general cargo ships are expected to discharge 308,534metric tonnes and load another 41,500 metric tonnes. The Container Terminals are expected to receive 15 vessels to discharge 11,525TEUs and load 12,574TEUs for export.