Steel tops list of imported commodities in slow week
Trend also witnessed in local and transit bound imports, which recorded 1,950 and 3,124 TEUS respectively
The total container yard population at Mombasa port recorded 12,019 Twenty Feet Equivalent Units (TEUS), registering a decline of 2,269 TEUS or 15.88 per cent in the week ended November 8.
The downward trend was also witnessed in both local and transit bound imports which recorded 1,950 TEUS and 3,124 TEUS respectively.
The previous week saw local bound imports register 2,482 TEUS while transit cargo was 4,145 TEUS, with Uganda maintaining the lead having recorded 2,481 TEUS.
Other transit destinations included Tanzania which accounted for 188 TEUS, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) 182 TEUS, Rwanda 135 TEUS, South Sudan 124 TEUS, Somalia and Burundi nine and five TEUS respectively.
During the week under review, 10 container vessels went alongside the container terminals registering a ship of general cargo ships expected to discharge 344,028 metric tonnes in the next two weeks
average working time of 1.97 days while container dwell time was 5.49 days. The vessels discharged 6,736 TEUS, full and empty, recording a decline of 5,913 TEUS compared to the previous week.
The container ships loaded 9,708 TEUS for export.
Deliveries of containers from the port by road transport registered 9,485 TEUS while the rail evacuated 170 TEUS only.
A breakdown of containers at the yards showed that 2,272 TEUS were awaiting pickup order, 2,068 TEUS were ready for collection and 1,434 TEUS were full exports (nominated/un-nominated). Others included 715 TEUS transhipments, 4,668 empties and 862 TEUS at the Customs Warehouse.
Container freight stations (CFS) received 823,937 TEUS, delivered 820,317 TEUS leaving a balance of 3,620 TEUS.
Consolbase CFS was the leading having received 179,523 TEUS, followed by MCT with 141,393 TEUS, and FOCUS with 124,271 TEUS. The three combined were holding 1,088 TEUS. At the Conventional Cargo Terminal 18 vessels were worked during the week registering 175,819 metric tonnes, at an average of 25,117 metric tonnes per day.imports handled were 172,869 metric tonnes while exports accounted for 2,950 metric tonnes.deliveries by road transport registered 124,425 metric tonnes while the conveyor belt recorded 48,444 metric tonnes.
Steel accounted for 45,458 metric tonnes to emerge the leading import commodity, followed by bulk gypsum at 29,331 metric tonnes.
Other commodities handled in large quantities included 25,440 metric tonnes of wheat, 23,004 metric tonnes of maize, 20,752 metric tonnes of fertiliser and 18,040 tonnes of clinker.
A total of 1,797 units of motor-vehicles and 259 trucks rolled off car carriers that called in during the week.
Meanwhile, forecast for the next two weeks shows that 20 general cargo ships are expected to discharge 344,028 metric tonnes and load 52,750 tonnes for export.container terminals are expected to work 10 vessels that will discharge 9,215 TEUS and load another 10,622 TEUS.