Kenya Railways on May 12, 2020 hosted the Rwandan High Commissioner to Kenya Dr. Richard Masozera, Democratic Republic of Congo chargé d’affaires to Kenya Mr. Michel B. Muzare and Mr Lam Isaac form the Republic of South Sudan to a familiarization tour of the Naivasha Inland Container Depot.
The delegation was on a mission to learn about the nature of operations at the Naivasha Inland Container Depot and its suitability in handling cargo destined for their countries.
Speaking during the tour, the Team Leader-Business and Commercial Expert Mr. James Siele said that all Transit cargo will now be delivered to the facility straight from the Port of Mombasa. From here our neighbors in Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan and beyond will pick the cargo and transport to the end destinations. By commencing full-fledged operations at this facility; we are bringing the cargo closer to the customer.
“The Port has a capacity to handle two million tonnes annually and is intended to reduce congestion at the ICD Nairobi and Mombasa Port, cut the number of trucks on the roads while containing the spread of Covid-19,” he said.
This 45,000 square metres facility which has a capacity of handling 2 million tonnes per annum will receive 216 Twenty foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) daily hauled in by two Madaraka Express Freight Service trains. All cargo destined for our East African member states of Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and South Sudan will be transported directly to this facility in ten hours from the Mombasa Port.
The Naivasha ICD includes a one-stop centre for ease of operations and efficient service delivery. The port houses all the Government agencies involved in handling of cargo namely Kenya Railways, Kenya Ports Authority, Kenya Revenue Authority, Kenya Bureau of Standards, Port Health (Public Health) and Revenue Authority officers from partner states of Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania. Truck drivers entering ICD Naivasha, just like at the Port of Mombasa are required to have Covid-19 free certificates in order to ensure that cargo is exited through the boarders efficiently while containing the spread of the disease in the region.