The GoK is committed to ensure Trade facilitation is achieved through provision of seamless service from Kenya Revenue Authority, Kenya Ports Authority and Kenya Railways Corporation.
The Madaraka Freight Service offers numerous benefits over other alternative modes which include:
• An average transit time of 8 hours from the Port of Mombasa to the Inland Container Depot in Nairobi
• Efficiency in cargo clearance supported by a technologically superior Inland Container Depot in Nairobi.
• Assured Security and safety of cargo while in transit
• Availability of evacuation options
• Promotional Tariff for Container Traffic: Transit, Import & Export Cargo for the Period January 4, 2018 to December 31, 2018
NB: Kenya Railways introduced a promotional tariff for the Madaraka Freight Service customers. The promotional tariff was valid for three months (January 4th to April 5, 2018). However, in March 2018, in a move aimed at allowing more transporters to enjoy the SGR Freight Service, the promotional tariff was extended to June 30, 2018 and later on in May 2018, following a Presidential directive, it was extended further to December 31, 2018.
• CONTAINERS (UP and Down Direction)
FOR ALL CONTAINERS TO AND FROM KILINDINI PORT/PORT REITZ FREIGHT TERMINAL AND EKT (ICDE)/NAIROBI FREIGHT TERMINAL)
|Size||Weight Range in Tonnes||Rate USD for Loaded Container||Empty container Return Rate USD|
|Up Direction||Down Direction||Ex UP Direction by Rail||Ex UP Direction by Road|
|20′ Container||Full range||250||150||100||150|
|40′ Container||Full range||300||200||100||150|
• The minimum chargeable distance for all types of goods for up and down direction is 300 kilometres.
• Value Added Tax (VAT) is levied by the Government at 16 per cent on domestic freight. Others are taxed as below:
1. Transit cargo is zero rated
2. Export cargo is zero rated
3. Transportation to and from the Inland Container Depot – Embakasi is zero rated but must be supported by relevant documents.
4. All other products shall be exempted by Government from time to time