Lamu port in Kenya receives transshipment cargo
The new Chinese port of Lamu on the Kenyan coast received the largest transshipment cargo bound for the Tanzanian port of Zanzibar, a government official said.
Joseph Toni, regional coordinator of the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) southern region said the cargo arrived aboard the MV Seago Line Istanbul and cleared through the Integrated Customs Management System (iCMS).
“The port of Lamu received a shipment of 365 containers of transshipment cargo, the largest and the sixth shipment to be shipped to the port since its operationalization,” Toni said in a statement on Saturday.
President Uhuru Kenyatta in May inaugurated the first berth at Lamu Port, part of the Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport Corridor (LAPSSET) to pave the way for the mooring of bulk carriers.
The seaport in the Lamu Archipelago is under construction by the China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) and will have a total of 32 berths when completed.
Toni said the arrival of the Maersk Shipping Line vessel which shipped a total of 490 TEU (twenty foot equivalent) of cargo is a vote of confidence for the port of Lamu.
“It is also a sign that the future is bright for the port as it is set to become a major transshipment hub in the region, as had been envisioned,” he added.
KRA said it is working closely with the multi-agency team operating at Lamu Port to make the facility a competitive advantage and become a port of choice for importers and exporters, through efficiency and a reduced residence time.