The completion of the Inland Container Depot in Naivasha signals the start of handling the Mombasa Port cargo using the dry port.
The direct cargo meant for Kenya’s western region and neigbouring contries will now be handled at Naivasha as directed by Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia.
The move is believed to ease movement of goods to neigbouring ounties like Uganda and Rwanda, which manly receive its cargo via road transport.
The outbreak of Covid-19 has slowed down movement of cargo in East Africa with many track drivers stuck at the borders waiting to be tested for the virus.
Uganda Railways Corporation (URC) through its manager Abobeko Chaki has lauded the completion of the Naivasha ICD saying that the use of railway and water transport will keep 500 trucks off the roads, thus significantly curbing the sread of Covid-19. Mr Chaki was speaking at Port Bell in Kisumu while receiving a consignment of 800,000 litres of fuel to be shipped to Uganda.
Kenya took representatives from South Sudan, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo on a farmiliarisation tour of the Naivasha Inland Container Depot. The delegation was assessing the suitability of the ICD in handling cargo.
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