New Trade Deal With Kenya, US to Boost Air Cargo

New Trade Deal With Kenya, US to Boost Air Cargo

The United States and Kenya have eased rules on US-Kenya Air Transport Agreement aimed at providing air carriers greater flexibility to meet their cargo and express delivery customers’ needs more efficiently.

The amendment to the Bilateral Air Services Agreement signed Wednesday by the Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs Manisha Singh and Kenyan Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development, and Public Works James Macharia, will facilitate the expansion of air freight services, by allowing airlines from both countries to set up and operate air cargo hubs in either country.

“It will fully open the Kenyan air cargo services market to U.S. carriers, and represents one way in which the U.S. Government is delivering for U.S. all-cargo carriers and American workers,” read a statement published by the State Government.

New Trade Deal With Kenya, US to Boost Air Cargo
Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs Manisha Singh and Kenyan Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development, and Public Works James Macharia

“This Amendment between the United States and Kenya is also a step forward in liberalizing the international civil aviation sector in Africa – a region that has the potential to be one of the fastest-growing in the world.”

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The Amendment adds seventh-freedom traffic rights for all-cargo operations to the bilateral Air Transport Agreement and will enter into force following an exchange of diplomatic notes.  

It has been applied on the basis of comity and reciprocity since it was negotiated on December 4, 2019.