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Mombasa Port cargo volume rises 10 pc first quarter

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The Port of Mombasa handled 9.54 million tons in the first quarter of the year 2021 compared to 8.62 million tons in a similar period last year recording 10.7% growth rate.

Between January and March, the Port also witnessed increased volumes in container traffic registering 389,515 TEUs against 340,812 TEUs recorded in a similar period in 2020.

Transshipment traffic recorded 69,658 TEUs against 41,363 TEUs during the corresponding period in 2020.

The container traffic translates to an increase of 48,703 TEUs or 14.3% while transshipment traffic registered a growth of 28,295 TEUs or 68.4%.

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Total imports during the quarter recorded 162,504 TEUs up from 151,998 TEUs in the corresponding period, January-March 2020, registering a growth of 6.9%.

Equally, exports registered an upsurge of 6.8% from 146,049 TEUs in 2020 to 156,007 during the similar period in 2021.

March 2021 boosted the Port of Mombasa’s performance registering a marked growth in both conventional and containerized cargo.

A total of 3.48 million tons were recorded in March against 2.71 million tons realized in the corresponding month in 2020, representing a positive performance of 768,453 tons or 28.4%.

The performance was mainly attributed to increase in handling of Wheat and Clinker cargo within the month compared to the same period in 2020.

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