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Kenyan Port Congestion Hindering Cargo Shipments at Mombasa

December 20, 2011

Dec. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Kenya’s port at Mombasa is congested with more than 10,000 containers which are disrupting the movement of other cargo traffic, the Kenya Ports Authority said.

The build-up of containers is due to delays by importers from Uganda, Southern Sudan, Kenya and other neighboring countries in collecting their shipments, Twalib Khamis, general manager of operations, said in a statement published in the Nairobi-based Daily Nation newspaper today.

The congestion has led to ships waiting for “long periods” at the port, Khamis said, without saying why importers aren’t collecting their containers.

--Editors: Alastair Reed, Gordon Bell.

To contact the reporter on this story: Sarah McGregor in Nairobi at smcgregor5@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net


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