Northern Tanzania books second slot in transit cargo segment

Mombasa – September 27, 2017

Northern Tanzania bound cargo through the Port of Mombasa accounted for 281 Twenty Feet Equivalent Units (TEUs) or 5.4 percent to emerge second ranked transit destination in the week ended September 20th 2017.

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 Adequate and reliable  yard equipment; Enabler for  fast truck turnaround

As usual Uganda consistently retained her leading position accounting for 4,228 TEUs or 81.2 percent of the total transit bound traffic which stood at 5,208 TEUS. Other transit destinations included South Sudan which accounted for 279 TEUs followed by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with 205 TEUs and Rwanda with 167 TEUs. Somalia and Burundi registered 29 TEUs and 11 TEUs respectively.

During the week under review, the Container Terminals received nine vessels that recorded a ship average working time of 1.67 days. Container dwell time registered 4.25 days down from 5.55 days in the previous week. The container carriers discharged 10,193TEUs, full and empty and loaded another 11,356 TEUs. Containers delivered out of the port by road transport registered 11,479 TEUs while the rail lifted 321 TEUs.

The total yard population declined by 7,013 TEUs to record 12,158TEUs.The new population comprised 2,253 TEUS awaiting pickup order, 3,704 TEUs ready for collection and 1,659TEUs full exports (nominated/un-nominated).Others included 967TEUs for transhipment, 2,749 TEUs empties and 826 TEUs at the Customs warehouse.

Local bound imports also declined by 1,962 TEUs to settle at 2,423 TEUs. The Container Freight Stations (CFS) received 821,090 TEUs, delivered 817,645TEUs leaving a balance of 3,445 TEUs.

Conventional cargo terminal received 25 general cargo vessels and handled 262,885metric tonnes at an average of 37,555metric tonnes per day. Bulk clinker an important ingredient for manufacturing cement was the leading commodity accounting for 52,040 metric tonnes. This was followed by bulk maize that registered 48,218 metric tonnes, steel that accounted for 45,502 metric tonnes and bulk coal that recorded 41,143 metric tonnes.

Other commodities handled at the conventional cargo terminal in fairly large quantities included 31,870 metric tonnes of bulk wheat, 25,922 metric tonnes of bulk sugar, 9,383 metric tonnes of bagged sugar 2,844 metric tonnes of other assorted cargo. At the same terminal 2297 units of motor-vehicles and 800 trucks rolled off car carriers.

Meanwhile in the next two weeks, the Conventional cargo terminal is expected to handle 510,085metric tonnes of imports and 54,690 metric tonnes of exports. The Container Terminals are expected to discharge 10,131TEUs and load 12,327TEUs.