Mombasa port traffic up 13 percent in H1
30 July 2014, 19:43
Mombasa - Container traffic through Kenya's
biggest port grew by 12.8 percent in the first six months of the year after new
cargo handling infrastructure was built to shorten the turnaround time for
The Indian Ocean port of Mombasa, the biggest in east Africa
and the region's trade gateway, handles fuel and consumer goods imports as well
as exports of tea and coffee from landlocked neighbours such as Uganda and
Gichiri Ndua, the port's managing director, said in a
statement on Wednesday the total cargo at the port rose by 12.8 percent to 11.9
million tonnes from 10.5 million tonnes in the January to June last year.
Container traffic increased by 11.5 percent to 463,920 TEUs
(Twenty foot equivalent units) this year from 415,948 TEUs.
The port is seen as a measure for economic activity in east
Africa as it handles imports for Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan,
Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia, and exports of tea and coffee from
The volume of goods destined for neighbouring countries also
increased, rising by 9.6 percent to 3.53 million tonnes after the opening of a
new berth at the port in August last year, with Uganda and Rwanda bringing in
Kenya is building a $300 million second container terminal
at Mombasa to handle increased trade within the region, driven by a sharp
growth in construction, vast infrastructure development and an emerging middle
The east African nation also plans a second port in Lamu,
north of Mombasa, with a capacity of 23 million tonnes per year.