Ugandans to lose 150 containers in auction to ease congestion at Mombasa

2012 03 02

MORE than 150 containers belonging to Ugandans will be lost as the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) moves to decongest Mombasa Port.

Kampala City Traders Association spokesman Issa Ssekitto said more than 150 containers at the port belong to Ugandans who stand to lose billions of shillings (UGX1 = US$0.0004) when they are auctioned by the port authority to ease congestion, reports the Kampala Daily Monitor.

"Unfortunately, we [the association] cannot do anything right now. We have done everything possible to have these containers saved. We have written letters to all property owners reminding them about the special waiver that was put in place, some responded while others didn't," he added.

Last December the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) announced a waiver on all containers that had stayed at the port for more than six months. The Ports Authority had then sought to decongest the port.

A special waiver on storage some charges on all overstaying containers that expired March 1 was put in place. However, more than 200 containers are still in Mombasa. The KPA have placed bids for auctioneers to dispose of the boxes in the port and at the inland container depots.

According to KPA, overstayed containers are those that have been left at Mombasa port or in the inland container depots for more than 100 days.

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

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