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Shippers embrace model that resolves empty containers row - 11 months ago, 24 Apr 21:26

Gitonga Marete

Shippers have started embracing the Through Bill of Lading (TBL) freight model to import goods into the country, which is expected to increase cargo being transported via the Standard Gauge Railway trains.

Last week, Maersk Line delivered a freight train loaded with 108 TBL containers to the Nairobi Inland Container Depot (ICD) in a move expected to resolve the issue of returning empty containers.

For goods to be delivered to a destination, the importer has to state the port they want their cargo offloaded. In the TBL, the point of destination is the ICD and not Mombasa port as is the practice currently with the merchant haulage model.

The TBL model will ease the burden of repatriating empty containers which are required to be returned to designated yards in Mombasa.

When freight trains started operating in January, the Kenya Railways and Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) railed containers meant for offloading at the ...
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