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Port of Lamu to provide car import logistics portfolio

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Port of Lamu to provide car import logistics portfolio

Port of Lamu to provide car import logistics portfolio

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The Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) is looking to expand its logistics business to full-fledged importation and exportation of cargo through the Lamu Port.

Lamu Port General Manager Abdullahi Samatar revealed that KPA has already begun marketing the  Port as a viable car importation option to supplement the Mombasa Port,  currently the preferred car imports channel in the country.

 He says  Lamu Port has so far had a steady stream transshipment business since the commissioning of the first berth in June this year.

 The Lamu Port is now a good option for car importation business with the good road network via the Lamu-Witu-Garsen road at over 90 percent complete.

said Samatar.

Additionally, Samatar says that importers and shipping lines are engaging to look at Lamu as a good car import option.

Nonetheless, Samatar said that the security along the Lamu-Witu Garsen road has improved immensely with the national government also constructing the 257-kilometer Lamu-Garissa-Isiolo roads.

The roads will serve as the main LAPSSET project road that connects the Northern corridor up to Moyale.

The entire project will cost Ksh.17.96 billion.

The Port

Moreover, he said that several shipping lines have expressed interest in using the Lamu Port, with some of the largest such as Maersk already carrying out transshipment business in Lamu.

Nineteen shipping agents have visited the Lamu Port project and expressed satisfaction with the development of the project with a view of using the port in the future.

It is only a matter of time before the Lamu Port’s logistics portfolio expands to accommodate more business aside from transshipment.

said Samatar.

 He revealed that the Lamu Port has so far cost Sh55 billion with expectations that the two remaining container yards will be complete by the end of this year.

All three berths are complete.

The Port of Lamu this week received its largest transshipment cargo through  “MV Seago line Istanbul” laden with 498 TEUs.