Moi International Airport eyes higher exports volume with new cargo hub
Sept 07, 2016: A new cargo handling centre is underway at the Moi International Airport in Mombasa in an effort to raise export volumes. Construction work at the centre started on September 1.
The company has also been making preparations for the container freight station (CFS) including the mobilisation of financial resources.
The Kenyan company has partnered with a Dubai-based firm to carry out the project for the CFS station, which will be called GN Cargo Service Centre.
The centre will have capacity to store at least 760 tonnes of cargo per day at the beginning. This is expected to be increased later.
The partnership in the project involved Sheikh Mohamed, a Dubai-based member of one of the royal families in the United Arab Emirates with business interests in various sectors including banking and hospitality.
The cargo centre, which will be a cold storage facility with a capacity to handle both imports and exports, is reported to cost Sh400 million. The contract to put up the centre has been given to GN Cargo Kenya by the Kenya Airports Authority.The CFS will target raising fish and meat exports to the Middle East and Asian countries.
Besides exports, the centre will facilitate bringing in imports of dry cargo including mobile phones, electronics and shoes.