The Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) has installed 1131 reefers at the port of Mombasa and the Inland Container Terminal (ICD) in Nairobi to facilitate the transportation of highly perishable products through the sea.
The KPA in partnership with Trade Mark Africa is planning to upscale the number of reefer points in the port.
To ensure quick track turn-around time, KPA has introduced a priority lane for tracks loaded with reefer containers at the entry and scanning points.
KPA is also working with the Ministry of Trade and the Special Economic Zones Authority to construct the Dongo Kundu Special Economic Zone (SEZ). Dongo Kundu SEZ will provide an opportunity for investors to establish industries for value addition to boost exports.
KPA Managing Director Captain William Ruto said in his speech read by Dr Sudi Mwasinago, General Manager Operations and Harbor Master that the Global Cold Chain Logistics Market is estimated to be USD 182.5 Billion in 2022 and is expected to reach USD 343.75 Billion by 2027, growing at a compounded rate of 13.5 per cent.
Ruto said the exportation of fresh produce through the sea will reduce food loss due to spoilage, boosts food safety and quality, and helps balance supply and demand for goods.
“The cold chain logistics provides an avenue for developing countries to export perishable products and participate in the global marketplace, at a more competitive price,” said Capt. Ruto during the kick-off of a master plan to ensure 50 per cent of horticulture produce is exported through the sea.
“Cold chain logistics provides an avenue for developing countries to export perishable products and participate in the global marketplace, at a more competitive price,’’ added Capt. Ruto.
KPA has also constructed the Port of Lamu in the north of Kenya to enhance trade with the northern frontier and improve intra- African trade.
At the Lamu Port KPA is planning to construct a special facility to handle livestock, meat products and fish. The export of live animals to Oman has been going on in Lamu since last year providing a ready market for farmers.
“The Government in conjunction- with the County governments of Isiolo, Lamu and Tana River, is constructing one of the biggest slaughterhouses, and a huge piece of land has been set aside for animal improvement before being slaughtered and shipped,” said Capt. Ruto.
Construction of an industrial fishing port, the MD said is underway in Shimoni and will also require cold chain technology.
By Sadik Hassan