Africa Government Kenya Logistics Pipeline Port Rail Transport

Kenya merges ports, railways, pipelines into one logistics agency KTLN

Covid-19 pandemic has exposed several loopholes in East Africa’s coastal states handling of logistics while serving other members of the bloc.

On Friday, President Uhuru Kenyatta signed an Executive Order establishing the Kenya Transport and Logistics Network (KTLN) to oversee the flow of cargo from Mombasa port to the hinterlands and East Africa export markets.

The ambitious Uhuru seeks to turn Kenya into a commercial regional logistics hub.

There have been concerns over conflicting directives that cause operational delays as agencies operate independently.

“The State agencies have 30 days to enter into a joint operations agreement where each entity will re-organise their structures, resources, operations and services towards establishment of a seamless and coordinated national transport and logistics network,” he instructed.

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According to experts, the agencies have also been transferred to the National Treasury, which is expected to provide personnel to boost oversight in investment portfolio management while ensuring each is professionally run thereby enabling them meet their individual targets.

This has seen importers, manufacturers, among other port users protest over numerous levies paid to the separate entities where delays in evacuation of cargo cost them a tidy sum due to storage and demurrage costs. President Kenyatta said the new structure creates a one-stop shop pricing arrangement thereby enabling KTLN formulate friendly packages for customers.

This has seen importers, manufacturers, among other port users protest over numerous levies paid to the separate entities where delays in evacuation of cargo cost them a tidy sum due to storage and demurrage costs.

President Kenyatta said the new structure creates a one-stop shop pricing arrangement thereby enabling KTLN formulate friendly packages for customers.

Original article on Taarifa Rwanda

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