Congestion at Mombasa port slows down trade in EAC bloc
Thursday December 13 2012
Trucks held at Mariakani weighbridge for overloading after the new axle weight rules came into effect last week. The Kenya Transport Association has called for a strike to protest the new requirements. Photo/Laban Walloga Nation media Group
The port’s container terminal has been stretched beyond its original capacity surpassing the 250,000 TEUs (twenty foot equivalent units) it was built to handle per year. It now grapples with up to 800,000 TEUs.
Apart from congestion at the port, delays also occur from informal stops and check points at weighbridges with cumbersome clearance procedures. In effect, these slow cargo transportation. Truck drivers spend about one to three hours at each weighbridge.
Delays at the facility and non-tariff barriers are raising the cost of doing business in the region.