Freight stakeholders from our neighboring East African countries, the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as our counter parts from Mombasa and Nairobi toured the Naivasha ICD which was recently launched by H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta on February 6, 2020.
The stakeholders who included importers, exporters, business owners, clearing agents and government agencies were received at Nairobi Terminus by the Freight Operations team. They then boarded the Madaraka Express Passenger train to Naivasha ICD.
Upon arrival at the facility, they were given an orientation and were enlightened on how the Naivasha Inland Container Depot will operate once all the systems are installed by the concerned government agencies.
Speaking at the ICD, Mr. Tom Ojijo informed the stakeholders that the Naivasha ICD is ready for delivery of cargo.
“Commensurate rates have been circulated to all stakeholders and any further needful enquiries will be updated. From what you have witnesses, we are ready to handle cargo at this facility,” he said.
The stakeholders also toured Nairobi ICD on February 7, 2020 to better understand how different systems from the government agencies involved integrate to ensure a smooth flow of evacuation of cargo from the Nairobi ICD.
Mr. Muhsin Swaleh El Ejfty of Freight Forwarders Kenya spoke on behalf of the stakeholders and expressed their satisfaction. He said that the exercise was very informative and they had gained requisite insights regarding the planned freight operations at the Naivasha ICD. He acknowledged that freight rates to Naivasha ICD are cheaper compared to truck transport and comes with the added advantage of being efficient and fast.