The East African - - BUSINESS -

Mar­itime ex­perts say by pay­ing freight rates in the coun­try, im­porters would help lo­cal freight firms se­cure part of the Ksh300 bil­lion ($3 bil­lion) paid to for­eign freighters to im­port Ksh1.4 tril­lion ($14 bil­lion) worth of goods an­nu­ally. Pay­ing rates lo­cally would also help boost the strug­gling Kenya Na­tional Ship­ping Line since im­ports would be chan­nelled through the car­rier. Levies in­clude de­liv­ery or­der fee of Ksh7,000 ($70) per con­tainer, con­tainer clean­ing charges amount­ing to Ksh2,000 ($20), con­tainer de­posits of Ksh5,000 ($50) and an ad­min­is­tra­tion fee of Ksh4,000 ($40) per con­tainer.

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