Kenya’s authorities say the Moyale One-Stop Border Post (OSBP) remains operational despite the ongoing political upheavals in Ethiopia that have seen the country announce a state of emergency. A customs official in Kenya’s northern region said the border point with Ethiopia has not been officially closed and that business is going on as usual.
A backlog of ships waiting to offload goods at the key ports around the world is threatening to disrupt the supply chain in East Africa ahead of the Christmas festivities. East Africa relies on imports from China as its largest source market for the bloc’s imports, followed by India and the United Arab Emirates.
African ports are facing a challenge in handling a new generation of ultra-large container vessels due to lack of sufficient infrastructure and shallow berths that hinder bigger ships from calling to these harbours.
Kenya’s truck owners have sued the government seeking to stop a directive that compels all teas from Nairobi to be transported by Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) to Mombasa.In yet another case of compulsory use of SGR, the State is upbeat that the move will help in eliminating the exorbitant costs involved in transportation of the commodity to the port city for export.In a suit at the High Court, truck owners argue that there was no consultation before the decision was reached and that if the directive is implemented, will lead to job losses.
Stakeholders in the logistics sector are meeting at Kenya’s Lakeside City of Kisumu to deliberate on the potential of the region in opening up maritime trade with Uganda, Burundi and Rwanda. The discussions have been narrowed to the crucial role that the recently launched port of Kisumu can play in enhancing the movement of goods from Kenya to the Great Lakes countries.
A steady climb in shipping rates witnessed since March 2020 showed signs of easing this October for the first time in over a year. The freight cost on the busy Shanghai-Los Angeles trade route for a 40-foot container sank by almost $1,000 last week to $11,173, representing a decline of eight percent, which analysts say is the steepest fall since March 2020.