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Kenya Railways reduces cargo tariff by 50 pct

Xinhua
12 Jan 2022, 05:44 GMT+10

Kenya Railways has reduced over 50 percent tariff charged on cargo destined from the coastal city of Mombasa to Malaba that borders with Uganda, which will see the time taken to ferry goods from the two cities reduced from four days to 28 hours.

NAIROBI, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- Kenya Railways has reduced over 50 percent tariff charged on cargo destined from the coastal city of Mombasa to Malaba that borders with Uganda following complaints by the East African Community over the high charges previously.

According to the company's managing director Phillip Mainga, the tariffs for one 50-feet container had dropped from 1,200 to 800 U.S. dollars.

He noted that this followed negotiations between the Kenyan and Ugandan governments following concern over the high charges.

Speaking during the launch of the trial train on Monday, Mainga said that the move would see the time taken to ferry goods from Mombasa to Malaba reduced from four days to 28 hours.

The tariff reduction is meant to increase the amount of cargo ferried through the railway and reduce the amount of time taken to ferry the goods to neighboring countries.

This came as the government agency kicked off a two-month trial of seamlessly ferrying goods from Mombasa to Malaba through the rail.

Under the program, cargo collected from the Port of Mombasa will be delivered to the Inland Container Depot(ICD) in Mai Mahiu for onward transportation to Malaba through the meter-gauge railway line.

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