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Container traffic at Mombasa port rises to 12.8 percent

15 July 2015, 15:48 Jose Mwanake

Mombasa - Container traffic at the Kenya Ports Authority has increased tremendously in the first six months of the year, KPA managing director, Gichiri Ndua has said.

Ndua said the total number of containers passing through the port has risen to over 12.8 percent compared to 11.5 percent growth during the same period last year.

According to the KPA report, which will officially be released later on this week, cargo traffic between January and June has grown by over 23 196 total equivalent units (TEUs).

In 2013, the container traffic at the Port during the same period was 415 948 TEUs and rose to 463 920 TEUs last year, an equivalent of 11.5 percent growth.

“We have been able to handle more containers for the first six months. This shows a growth of over 12 percent compared to the same period last year,” said Ndua.

Ndua was speaking Monday after handing over a KES 450 000 food donations.

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“Despite the many challenges experienced this year, cargo handling efficiency at the port has improved,” he said.

The total cargo throughput (all cargo passing through the port) between January and June 2014 rose to 11.9 million tons from 10.5 million tons during the similar period in 2013.

He said the two day strike at the port two weeks ago had a negative impact on cargo delivery at the facility, leading to a backlog of over 2 500 containers.

“We have been able to clear all the cargo now,” said Ndua.

KPA lost KES 200 million directly and in delays during cargo delivery, said Ndua.

He said losses associated with the strike stood at approximately KES 1 billion for the East African and Central African region.

The strike disrupted business at the biggest port in the region, which handles imports for Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia.

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