Traders rely on Naivasha-Malaba train to facilitate transport

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Traders rely on Naivasha-Malaba train to facilitate transport


Workers participate in the rehabilitation of railway lines in the town of Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County, during the rehabilitation of the old metric gauge railway from Naivasha to Malaba on February 9, 2021. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA | NMG

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  • Traders and transport players are counting on the launch of operations between the Naivasha inland container depot, from the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) to the Old Meter Gauge Railway (MGR) to significantly facilitate transportation goods.
  • The trial of 22 containers to be transported to Kampala via Malaba using MGR began this week before full operations can resume in March this year.

Traders and transport players are counting on the launch of operations between the Naivasha inland container depot, from the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) to the Old Meter Gauge Railway (MGR) to significantly facilitate transportation goods.

Traders and gamers alike say the move will support smooth and efficient rail transport along the northern corridor.

“The integration of the SGR and MGR lines will significantly improve the flow of goods from the port to the hinterland serving Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan and parts of eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, ”said KRC Managing Director Philip Mainga.

Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) has already started trials for freight train services to provide seamless freight transfer at Naivasha Inland Container Depot from Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) to Old metric gauge railway (MGR).

The trial of 22 containers to be transported to Kampala via Malaba using MGR began this week before full operations can resume in March this year.

This comes as the government continues to address a number of issues to increase the efficiency of the Naivasha Inland Container Depot, which has the capacity to handle 120,000 Twenty Foot Equivalent Units (TEUS) per year.

To attract more users, the government offered free 30-day storage as well as rapid processing and transshipment of cargo from the rail cars.

In December 2021, KRC announced promotional tariffs for transporting cargo using MGR where a 20ft container of up to 30 tons from Naivasha to Malaba will cost up to 39,550 Sh and 50,850 Sh for 30 tons.

The government has released a 40ft container weighing up to 30 tons in the same direction will cost 51,980 Sh while a container over 30 tons will be charged 68,930 Sh.

The charge for containerized freight from Kilindini to Malaba for a 20ft container weighing 0-30 will cost Sh97,180 and Sh 108,480 for a container over 30tons.

Kenya International Freight and Warehousing Association (KIFWA) President Roy Mwanthi said the KRC could make an encouraging offer to transport goods, but must take a reverse strategy to ensure containers are brought back. on time.

“Promotional fares are good, but how will they handle the freight at the end of the rail? There is no strategy for the last mile and how empty containers will be returned as opposed to using trucks. This could cause a delay in returning the voids due to an increase in demurrage, ”Mwanthi said.

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