Mombasa Port cargo up marginally as trade recovers from COVID-19 woes

The port recorded marginal growth in cargo volumes last year as business steadily recovers following the Covid-19 pandemic.

Cargo traffic registered 34.54 million tonnes against 34.12 million tonnes handled in the same period in 2020, representing a growth of 1.2 percent.

Transshipment traffic was 220,489 TEUs in 2021 against 175,827 TEUs in 2020, representing a growth of 25.4 percent.

“Transshipment has proved to be a lucrative and sensitive business that all ports strive to tap into. Lamu port has also contributed greatly where the facility has so far handled nine vessels cumulatively and a total of 1,619 TEUs since its operationalisation in May last year,” said KPA acting Managing Director Amb John Mwangemi

In the report, the 2021 container traffic performance surpassed both the 2020 and the 2019 performances. In 2019, before the Covid-19 pandemic, the port handled 1,416,654 TEUs which is surpassed by the 2021 performance by 18,911 TEUs or 1.3 percent.