Mombasa Port handled 9.54 million tonnes of cargo in the first three months this year, up 10.7% year on year, Rashid Salim, Acting Managing Director of Kenya Ports Authority (KPA), said.
Kenya’s main port facility also recorded increased volumes in container traffic between January and March 2021, registering 389,515 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) against 340,812 TEUs recorded in a similar period in 2020.
Trans-shipment traffic recorded 69,658 TEUs against 41,363 TEUs during the corresponding period in 2020.
Total Imports through Mombasa Port
Salim noted that total imports through the Mombasa port for the first quarter hit 162,504 TEUs, up from 151,998 TEUs in the corresponding period in 2020, registering a growth of 6.9%.
Exports registered a growth of 6.8% from 146,049 TEUs in 2020 to 156,007 TEUs during a similar period in 2021.
The port registered substantial growth in March in both conventional and containerized cargo.
“A total of 3.48 million tons were recorded in the month of March 2021 against 2.71 million tons realized in the corresponding month in 2020, representing a positive performance of 768,453 tons or 28.4 percent,” said Salim.
Figures also show that the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) transported 25,104 TEUs of cargo from the port in March 2021, an average of 8.32 trains per day, beating the daily record average of 8.1 trains recorded in February 2021.
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