Kenya Revenue Authority has commenced movement of transit cargo from the Port of Mombasa to the newly established Naivasha Inland Container Depot, (NICD). The transfer is aimed at decongesting the Port of Mombasa and improve efficiency at the facility.
The facility is anticipated to boost storage of cargo mainly those destined for the EAC Partner States: Uganda, South Sudan, Northern Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo.
On 7th May, 2020, Cabinet Secretary for Transport Mr. James Macharia led a delegate of Government officials at the facility to release the first 200 TUEs cargo that was on transit to Uganda. During the event, the CS emphasized on the government commitment in facilitating regional trade. He also noted that the completion of the station would help in containing the spread of Covid-19 as track drivers will not have to go for the cargo in Nairobi or Mombasa.
This follows the launch of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) freight services from Syokimau to Suswa by His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta in December last year. The Naivasha transhipment station has halved the tracking journey for businesses in Western Kenya and other East African Community (EAC) countries.
The new facility has a One Stop Centre (OSC) model where all key government agencies offer their services to clients. Regional revenue authorities including Uganda Revenue Authority, Rwanda Revenue Authority, Tanzania Revenue Authority and Burundi Revenue Authority are also housed at the OSC. This model ensures a synchronised placement and verification process at the ICD.
Owners of the affected cargo and their clearing agents will have to clear and pick their goods at the new facility with lists of cargo moved from the Port of Mombasa to the Naivasha ICD being available on KRA’s website and will progressively be updated.