KENYA: MOMBASA PORT NO LONGER FACING CARGO CLEARANCE PROBLEMS


The Kenya Mombasa Port has now started operating very efficiently after the previous years facing its stiffest challenges. This was due to an operational crisis caused by the cargo clearance operating system at it's facilities.The introduction of the automated Kilindini Waterfront Terminal Operations System (Kwatos), a cargo clearance system had failed to stabilise previously but which is now operating at good speed most of the time.

As a result, Shipping Lines, transporters and clearing and forwarding agents are now doing brisk business as the Kenyan Government has put mechanisms to attract foreign Vessels at the port. The Government though admitting that there was some teething problems with the systems at the port in the past which led to congestion at the port, defended the new Sh450 million investment and asked for patience, saying it was experiencing teething problems but would eliminate paper work associated with clearing of cargo in the long run.


Various ships are berthing every hours now.