“This is, therefore, to notify all Shipping Lines that importers' documentation of place of clearance and mode of transport for their goods shall be at their choice.
“Shipping Lines are hereby, advised to facilitate importers' nomination of place of clearance including Port clearance, Kenya Revenue Authority's Licensed Container Freight Stations (CFSS) and Kenya Ports Authority's Inland Container depots,” read the notice.
“This is to forestall the expected delay in the execution of the executive order on grounds that KPA has not received official communication in writing and cannot act on social media and TV reports,” Kenya Transport Association chairman Newton Wang’oo, said in a statement on September 13, 2022.
The Kenya Transport Association has severally clarified that truckers have not been asking for road transport to be favoured, but for importers to be allowed to choose between road and rail.
They argued that the competition between rail and road transport should be left to market forces to determine the better option.
Cargo accounted for the biggest chunk of the revenue generated by the SGR in the first quarter of 2022 at Sh3.08 billion. This represented 84% of the total revenue, while passenger trains posted Sh569.27million in revenue.