Henceforth, the standard gauge railway (SGR) in Naivasha will oversee the clearing of cargo headed for South Sudan, Rwanda, and Uganda.
The decisions follow efforts to reduce interactions at the Northern corridor that will help curb the spread of covid-19.
In his speech, Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia said it was a must for all goods imported through the port of Mombasa to go via SGR.
Moreover, measures were in place to ensure the smooth facilitation of all cargo coming into Naivasha.
The decision comes at a time when most truck drivers have tested positive for the covid-19 virus.
Four Heads of State arrived at the deciding during their Consultative Meeting of the East African Community held by video conference on May 12.
“President Uhuru Kenyatta (Kenya), President Salva Mayardit Kiir of South Sudan, President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, and President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni (Uganda) have unanimously agreed on an appropriate cross-border transportation modality.
The move will reduce traffic significantly without negatively affecting the transportation of products across various borders,” said Mr. Macharia in a statement.
At the beginning of this month, Kenya Railways Corporation instigated a non-stop SGR freight service for all moving products.
Transportation cost by SGR
The goods will go directly from the port of Mombasa to Naivasha before going to their respective destinations.
By now, players in the transport sector already welcomed the new changes. For a 20-foot container, transport from Mombasa to Naivasha will cost Sh 60,000.
Concurrently, a 40-foot container weighing up to 20 tonnes will cost Sh 85,000, while the same container with a weight of 21 tonnes will cost Sh 91,000.
Reduction in distance
As compared to road transport, SGR will reduce the time taken to get goods in different parts of East Africa.
For instance, the distance from the port of Mombasa to Uganda will reduce by 46 percent. That accounts for almost 527 kilometers.
Traditionally, using the northern corridor takes Ugandan imports and exports almost 1,144 kilometers.