The Corporation, in conjunction with Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) and Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), held a sensitization meeting with the freight fraternity as part of ongoing efforts to promote the Madaraka Freight Service, which officially launched operations on January 1, 2018.
The discussions, which were held on February 2, 2018 at the Sarova Panafric Hotel, Nairobi, aimed at addressing concerns surrounding handling and transportation of cargo along the entire network between Mombasa and Nairobi.
Kenya Railways MD, Mr. Atanas Maina, assured the stakeholders of the corporation’s commitment in maintaining efficiency and reliability of the service.
KRA Commissioner for Customs and Border Control, Mr. Julius Musyoki, committed to ensuring that properly documented cargo is cleared within six hours.
Kenya Ports Authority, assured stakeholders of plans to construct roads connecting the ICD facility to Thika Superhighway, the Southern By-pass and Industrial Area in order to facilitate last mile transportation of cargo.
Among other stakeholders, bodies present included Kenya International Freight & Warehousing Association (KIFWA), Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM), Shippers Council of Eastern Africa (SCEA) and Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA)
Whilst simultaneously acknowledging the challenges that have faced the freight service, the private sector applauded the government for constructing the ICD facility on time and acknowledged that, in the long run, the facility will increase the ease of doing business in the country and the region as a whole.