Stripping involves offloading various small consignments from a single container /FILE.
Mombasa, Kenya – The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has banned the stripping of cargo containers at the port of Mombasa before onward conveyance by dhows to various consignees in Zanzibar.

The move is meant to curb sea smuggling where cargo is diverted in the ocean, finding its way into the local EAC market. Stripping involves offloading various small consignments from a single container.

As a result of cargo diversion, the volumes of cooking oil destined to Pemba and Ungunja have surpassed the consumption capacity of the two islands. KRA in December 2017, seized edible oil cleared at Old Port in the godowns of Mombasa, this points towards the diversion emanating from stripping.

Investigations by KRA and Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) reveal emerging risks and challenges regarding transshipment cargo stripped at the port of Mombasa. TRA has reported increased cases of smuggling adversely affecting Zanzibar islands of Pemba and Ungunja. Kenya through KRA also affirms prolonged risks posed by stripping of cargo at the Port of Mombasa.

To effect this ban on cargo stripping, no manifest amendments shall be allowed to change the status of goods.

Where cargo is manifested for direct transshipment, the same shall be monitored and loading done under customs supervision. Containers with cargo destined for Zanzibar will be re-directed to ports closer to the destination such as Dar es Salaam, Tanga or Zanzibar itself.

KRA will continue to liaise with the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) to ensure that standard operating procedures and best practices on transshipment are implemented to protect and facilitate legitimate business.


Kenya moves to harmonise cargo clearance at sea port

The government has harmonised offloading and clearance of imported goods at the port of Mombasa to curb delays. Maritime and Shipping Affairs Principal Secretary, Nancy Karigithu, said the State wants to clear obstructions in clearance of cargo and reduce bureaucracy in handling of ships. Public and private sector agencies involved in ship, cargo, crew and passenger clearance are to link up with the Single Window System, she said. 


Hapag-Lloyd connects Middle East and East Africa with weekly service. Hapag-Lloyd is a multinational German-based transportation company. It is composed of a cargo container shipping line, Hapag-Lloyd AG, which in turn owns other subsidiaries such as Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.

Starting April 2018, Hapag-Lloyd will launch a new weekly service between the Saudi Arabian port of Jeddah and the east coast of Africa. With the East Africa Service (EAS), the liner shipping company will be calling at the ports of Mombasa (Kenya) and Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) for the first time. These will be connected to Hapag-Lloyd’s existing global network via the Saudi Arabian port of Jeddah, as the central hub of the region. Hapag-Lloyd will initially deploy four vessels, each with a capacity of 1,200 TEU, in the EAS.

The fast-growing economies of countries in East Africa further inland from Kenya and Tanzania, which lack their own seaports, are also likely to benefit from this new offer, as it will give them improved access to the global market. Via the EAS, Uganda, South Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi and Zambia will gain direct access to markets worldwide.

“With our EAS, we will be entering a trade which our customers have wanted us to serve. In the process, the EAS will benefit from Hapag-Lloyd’s strong presence in the Middle East and connect to our global network,” said Lars Christiansen, senior managing director region the Middle East. By selecting Jeddah as the main transhipment port, Christiansen added, Hapag-Lloyd can offer especially fast transit times significantly below those of its competitors.

 The first sailing in the EAS from Jeddah is planned for early April. The port rotation will be Jeddah – Mombasa – Dar es Salaam – Jeddah. Hapag-Lloyd will operate its East Africa Service in an entirely independent manner, without other shipping companies as partners.