Kenyan Railway Showcases Freight Opportunities, Offer Incentives

Kenyan railways is leaving no stone unturned to market its capacity and many opportunities within its freight services . Against increasing reports of low patronage and insolvency of the SGR projects, the management of the railway service said freight business is booming.

According to the service, the first consignment of bulk clinker was successfully offloaded at Athi River Railway Station Freight yard last week.

“Recently we signed a contract with KTDA for moving 65,000 tonnes of fertilizer for onward distribution to farmers across the country.

Meanwhile, Kenya Railways has introduced a stimulus tariff for its customers using the Madaraka Express Freight Service from Mombasa to Naivasha. T Stimuli tariff will ease the burden for the Corporation’s customers at a time when the Covid-19 pandemic has caused an economic slowdown across the business sector in the country. This subsidized tariff will be in place for 90 days.

The Corporation reiterated that the railway line offers a service that is premised on safety, efficiency and reliability. It is also convenient for East African partner states who will not have to cover an entire 572 kilometres between Mombasa and Naivasha. He also confirmed that the Madaraka Express Freight Service train affords the customers surety of delivering cargo on time and takes only 10 hours to transport cargo between Mombasa and Naivasha. These attributes provide a suitable proposition for cargo owners to use the service.

The past few weeks, a steady increase in cargo uptake by the Madaraka Express Freight Service has been witnessed as there was an increased uptake of customers transporting their cargo with Railway line.

This is mainly because of sustained enactment of measures to streamline the processes in order to make the service more efficient by the key players in the freight transportation business via the Standard Gauge Railway line mainly Kenya Railways, Kenya Ports Authority, Kenya Bureau of Standards and Kenya Revenue Authority.

The Madaraka Express Freight Service has posted remarkable results in its initial days of operations. The pick up phase has witnessed over 30,000 tonnes transported between Mombasa and Naivasha.

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