, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 30 – Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) Freight Services has so far moved over 1600 containers in January after it was officially launched January 2, 2018.
This is according to the management at Kenya Railways which says the services are continuing in earnest.
“Monday’s train which left Mombasa at 6:40 hrs hauling 38 wagons (76 TEUs) arrived at the Inland Container Depot in Nairobi at 16:40 hrs,” Management said.
The move comes as the railways offered shippers a three-month promotion by halving its freight charges.
The promotion that will run up to April 5, 2018, will see shippers charge Sh25,000 to transport a 20-foot container and Sh30,000 for a 40-foot container from the Inland Container Depot to Mombasa.
KR is charging a subsidized rate of Sh35,000 to transport a 20-foot container and Sh40,000 for a 40-foot container from Mombasa to Embakasi Inland Container Depot (ICD).
Normal rates of Sh64, 500 for a 20-foot container and Sh84, 300 for the 40-foot container will come into effect in April.
The flat charges includes cargo handling costs and returning of empty containers.