Mombasa Port Cargo Volumes Decline Attributed to Effects of COVID-19 and Shortage of Containers

Kenya Ports Authority acting managing director Rashid Salim said the fall in cargo has been occasioned by the effects of the Covid-19 and a shortage of containers that have affected the shipping industry across the world.

“We are still working on the numbers but a decline probably would be the effects of the Covid-19 and a shortage of shipping containers globally,” said Mr Rashid.

The cargo business had started picking between October and December 2020, when the port realised improved performance.

According to KPA, the total throughput within this period not only recovered but also surpassed the forecast target by 2.8 percent and 1.2 percent against 2019/20 performance.

Data from KPA indicated container traffic dipped by four percent to 1,359,579 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in 2020, from 1,416,654 TEUs recorded in 2019.

According to the Kenya Transport Association (KTA), the decline has seen road transport companies reduce truck usage to ferry cargo from the port of Mombasa.