The good, the bad and the ugly of Kenya’s SGR cargo

What you need to know:

  • The trains’ daily tonnage has increased to over 800 containers, out of the 1,700 that arrive at the port of Mombasa.
  • Truckers, container freight stations (CFSs), and clearing agents continue to count losses, with some logistics companies reported to have resorted to restructuring that has seen thousands of job losses.
  • With the government keen on transporting about 250,000 containers by train by the end of the year, there will certainly be more job losses in the port-related economy.

Ten months after the launch of Kenya’s cargo service on the standard gauge railway line between Mombasa and Nairobi, it has turned out to be a double-edged sword.

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