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Mombasa-Nairobi standard gauge freight service starts with 104 boxes


The first commercial freight on Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) recently carried 104 containers from Mombasa to the Embakasi Inland Container Depot in Nairobi, reported London's Railway Gazette International.
President Uhuru Kenyatta recently inaugurated the upgraded Inland Container Depot at Embakasi in Nairobi.
The 52-car train carried 104 TEU, which was "almost equivalent to the trucks operating daily on the Mombasa-Nairobi highway."
The SGR was officially opened in June. There are two passenger trains per day each way between Mombasa and Nairobi, and 613,000 passengers had been carried between the opening and mid-December.
The first Madaraka Freight Service left Mombasa at 05.45 and arrived at the Inland Container Depot at 14.40.
Kenya Railways charges US$500 per TEU and US$700 per FEU, which includes terminal charges, but not last mile. Goods that have cleared customs at the Port of Mombasa are transported to the Nairobi Freight Terminus, and goods that have not been cleared at the port are transported to the Inland Container Depot for clearance.
Domestic traffic is charged in the local currency, and transit or Inland Container Depot traffic in US dollars. Domestic traffic is subject to 16 per cent value added tax (VAT), but not transit or export boxes.

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