In Summary
  • Under the “promotional tariff” which takes effect immediately, owners of bulk cargo will pay a flat fee of Sh3.5 per tonne for every kilometre covered, from Mombasa to Nairobi freight terminus.
  • Bulk cargo refers to commodity that is transported in unpackaged forms such as petroleum, grain or coal.
  • The move is seen as another step by KRC to woo shippers to the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) trains.

The Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) has expanded its subsidised freight tariff to cover bulk cargo, raising more questions as to whether the fast trains can operate without taxpayer largesse.

Under the “promotional tariff” which takes effect immediately, owners of bulk cargo will pay a flat fee of Sh3.5 per tonne for every kilometre covered, from Mombasa to Nairobi freight terminus.

Bulk cargo refers to commodity that is transported in unpackaged forms such as petroleum, grain or coal. The move is seen as another step by KRC to woo shippers to the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) trains.

“We have introduced a promotional tariff on bulk cargo transportation on the Madaraka Express freight service. It will run up to December 31,” said KRC managing director Atanas Maina on Monday.

“The cargo will be offloaded at Nairobi’s freight terminus and not at the Embakasi-based Inland Container Depot (ICD). This is because it will be coming to Nairobi from the port of Mombasa once cleared.”

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