Mombasa Port Records 2pct Decline in Cargo Traffic in Q1

Mombasa Port Records 2pct Decline in Cargo Traffic

CMA CGM group vessel Mv Blue Whale at the Port of Mombasa. The vessel is the first to be deployed by the shipping line to operate under the ASEA service line at the Port.

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.

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