TRANSPORT COCTS

Kenya Railways announces freight tariffs as volumes rise

Remains keen in growing both passenger and cargo business.

In Summary

•Charges for containerised cargo from Kilindini to Malaba (Up Direction) will be $860 and 960 for a 20ft container weighing 0-30 tonnes and above 30 tons respectively.

•On the other hand, transporting a 40-foot container weighing 0-30 tons will cost USD 1110 while that weighing above 30 tons will cost $1,260 via the SGR / MGR network.

IThis is to ports of Jinja and Port Bellb (Uganda), through Kisumu port vessels and the direct main line through Naivasha -Malaba -Kampala, which is ready for operationalization.

Charges for containerised cargo from Kilindini to Malaba (Up Direction) will be $860 and 960 for a 20ft container weighing 0-30 tonnes and above 30 tons respectively.

On the other hand, transporting a 40-foot container weighing 0-30 tons will cost USD 1110 while that weighing above 30 tons will cost $1,260 via the SGR / MGR network.

The same rates apply for transporting similar cargo from Kilindini to Kisumu.

Transporting a 20-ft container weighing 0-30 tonnes from Naivasha to Malaba will cost $4350 and $4450 for that weighing above 30 tonnes.

On the other hand, transporting a 40-ft container weighing 0-30 tonnes on the same direction will cost $460 and $610 for that above 30 tonnes via the MGR network.

From Kilindini to Nairobi, the rates via the SGR network are $500 for a 20-ft container weighing 0-30 tons and 600 for that weighing above 30 tons. On the other hand, transporting a 40-Ft container weighing 0-30 tons will cost USD 630 and USD 780 for that weighing above 30 tons.

It will now cost USD 450 to transport a 20-Ft export container from Malaba to Mombasa (Down Direction) via the SGR/MGR network and 690 for a 40ft container. Transporting a 20-ft empty container and a 40ft container will cost $100 and 150 respectively.

Similar rates apply to transporting all the above from Kisumu to Mombasa via the MGR-SGR network.

"The integration of the SGR and MGR lines will remarkably improve the flow of cargo right from the port to the hinterland serving Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan and parts of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The link that underpins seamless and efficient rail transport along the northern corridor will shortly be achieved", said KRC Managing Director Philip Mainga.

The announcement of tariffs came as the SGR in November continued to register an impressive performance on cargo evacuations, especially on imports deliveries from the Port of Mombasa.

During the month of November, Afristar—the SGR operator-ran 237 trains from Mombasa port to the Nairobi ICD. This saw the evacuation of 22,384 TEUs on containerized cargo and 143,014 tons of conventional cargo of various commodities that include wheat, fertilizer and clinker products.

During same period, Afristar hauled from Nairobi ICD to Mombasa 1, 478 TEUs of exports and 14,596 TEUs of empty containers repositioned back for evacuations by vessels and delivery to empty container yards in Mombasa.

This was a marked improvement from October, when the SGR operator deployed 221 trains ferrying 19, 290 TEUs of imports, 1274 TEUs of exports and 12,130 TEUs of empty containers.

To sustain these loading demands, the operator supplied 17450 wagons that translated to 582 wagons per day.

As demand increases during the festive season, KRC is working closely with KPA and KRA to maintain daily cargo evacuation needs, to reduce on any volumes pile ups and to make the port fluid on vessels’ performance.