The recently launched port of Lamu continues to record good business with transshipment cargo forming the bulk of the freight handled at the facility. Last week, the port received the largest consignment of 365 containers of transshipment cargo, the biggest of the six ships to have been shipped to the Port since its operationalisation in May.
Kenya and Ethiopia have ratified a procedure manual that will guide the two countries in the implementation of the Moyale One-Stop Border Post (OSBP) that was recently commissioned, paving the way for its full operationalisation.
The new measure by South Sudan implies that all goods to this landlocked nation from either the port of Mombasa or Dar es Salaam through the border points of Kenya and Uganda will have to be issued with ECTN at a cost of up to $110 depending on the size of the cargo.
The port of Mombasa is staring at a possible loss of business to Dar es Salaam following the move by Tanzania to allocate Burundi 10 hectares of land for construction of an Inland Container Depot (ICD).
The East African Community (EAC) will benefit from a recent move by the global shipping industry to take out Kenya’s maritime waters in the Indian Ocean from the piracy red list, two decades later since it was designated as a High-Risk Area (HRA).
Truck drivers have resumed operations on South Sudan route after getting an assurance from Juba on the deployment of military and police on the highway to provide. So far Kenyan and Uganda truck drivers have started plying the route, coming as a relief to truck owners as well as the residents of the landlocked South Sudan who rely on most of their merchandise from other East African countries. The truckers had suspended operations to Juba a fortnight ago following cases of insecurity.