Inadequate infrastructure, ranging from poor connectivity, inefficient clearing systems and limited space for cargo verification, has stalled business at the Naivasha dry port.
The KSh6.9 billion dry port is yet to receive any cargo since President Uhuru Kenyatta commissioned it in December last year. This is greatly attributed to the lack of railway network to link it to the Suswa SGR station, which is 32 kilometers away.
Furthermore, there isn’t any cargo handling equipment in place.
Kenya Ports Authority is responsible for equipping the depot and managing the cargo handling. However, the Shippers Council of East Africa (SCEA) has advised them to offer longer storage periods so as to attract users.
The port is part of the government’s measures to ensure the actualization of the planned Naivasha Industrial Park. It will also help to ease cargo movement to South Sudan, Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi and DRC.