The Port of Mombasa has seen capacity enhancement to put it at par with the best in Africa. The construction of a second container terminal has seen the container throughput of the port rise from 894,000 to 1.1 million Twenty Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs). This makes it the fifth busiest port in Africa. The new container terminal is capable of handling fourth generation vessels of 6,000 Twenty Foot Equivalent Units capacity. This has improved cargo and container throughput by 4,425 tons and 206,000 TEUs respectively.
The Port of Mombasa is critical for doing business in Kenya and the region. It facilitates over 90 per cent of our international sea trade. It is, therefore, in the interest of the people of Kenya to reduce the turnaround time for cargo to leave the port and reach its destination. In this respect, the expansion of the port would not have been possible without the Standard Gauge Railway which will greatly de-congest the port. Construction of the Lamu Port is ongoing as part of the LAPSSET project which will open up Kenya to Ethiopia and South Sudan.
The focus of the Government now is to use the improved infrastructure in rail, roads, and energy to drive value addition, manufacturing and industrialisation in order to increase our export/import ratio.