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Mombasa Port cargo volume rises 10 pc first quarter


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%.

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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