The Port of Mombasa handled a total of 11.3 million tonnes of cargo between January to April against 11.6 million tonnes handled in the corresponding period in 2019.
This was a 2.1 percent decline according to the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) which was attributed to decreased loose cargo import.
“The decline was occasioned by a decrease in the handling of exports and transshipment, which recorded a negative variance of 3.3 percent and a 9.2 percent respectively,” KPA said in a statement.
KPA said the port handled 445,435 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) compared to 454,466 TEUs handled in the corresponding period in 2019, representing a two percent decline.
“The raft of measures put in place have paid off as port performance has been spared a major slump during this Covid-19 crisis,” KPA acting managing director Rashid Salim said.
Total container traffic was below the set target of 447,576 TEUs by 32,141 TEUs which represents 7.2 percent during the period under review.