MOMBASA (Xinhua) -- The port of
Mombasa recorded 10.6 percent growth in cargo handled during the
January-September period this year compared to the same period
last year, despite a prolonged electioneering period, officials
said on Monday.
Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) Managing Director Catherine
Mturi-Wairi said the port handled a total of 22.76 million
tonnes of cargo compared with 20.57 million tonnes registered in
the corresponding period in 2016, reflecting an increase of 2.19
Mturi-Wairi said despite the political temperatures in the
country, the port has remained steadfast in cargo handling.
According to the KPA MD, for the past nine months the rise in
import cargo was driven by the increase in dry bulk commodities.
According to Mturi-Wairi, the export cargo rose slightly by
3.2 per cent during the same period.
"The marginal increase was mainly supported by coffee which
increased by 37.7 percent and tea by 3.6 percent," Mturi-Wairi
Transit cargo also increased from 5.98 million tonnes
recorded in the first nine months of 2016 to 6.49 million tonnes
in the first nine months of the year.