Cargo Owners Will Pay More After Free Storage Days Elapse – KPA

By Soko Directory Team / Published April 23, 2018 | 10:24 am



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Owners of cargo at the Embakasi ICD will have to part with the significant amount of cash to relocate their freights following the April 22 announcement by the Kenya Airport Authority (KAA) to reduce the number of free storage days for import containers from 11 to 4 days.

Catherine Mturi, the Managing Director of Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) noted that the directive, similar to the same at Mombasa deport will improve the nature of cargo collection at the ports.

“The storage period for exports and empty containers will, however, remain at 7 days at the Inland Container Deport at Nairobi. But once the free storage period passes, cargo owners will be charged,” Mturi said.

“The Kenya Ports Authority has given a rebate reducing the charges for SGR cargo handling by 30 percent to promote the use of the Inland Container Depot Nairobi by Nairobi and Transit clients, who wish to nominate the ICDN as their point of cargo delivery,” she added.

Currently, the charges for local import container handling for the SGR cargo is 80 US Dollars per twenty-foot equivalent units. This value is down from 103 US Dollars. The charges for forty-foot equivalent units is at 120 US Dollars down from 157 US Dollars.

The fee for transport containers now cost 60 US Dollars and 90 US Dollars for the twenty-foot and forty-foot units respectively.

The counting day for the free storage, according to the MD begins when the containers land at the ICD and not in Mombasa. The shipping lines and concerned authorities have been briefed comprehensively on the charging container demurrage. To reduce delays in the railing of the containers, one train has been dedicated to carrying empty containers daily from Mombasa.

According to the ports authority, a total of 1700 containers, which have already been cleared, are idling at the Embakasi ICD awaiting collection by the owners.

Mturi stated that the depot is supposed to hold a maximum capacity of 180,000 but has been redesigned handle 450,000 twenty-foot equivalent units to store 70 percent of imports that dock at the port of Mombasa.

Four new rail-mounted gantry cranes, 19 terminal tractors, 7 reach stackers, 8 rubber try gantry cranes, 5 empty container handlers and 16 forklifts between 3-5 ton capacity have been procured to enhance stripping and stuffing of containers.




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