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KIFWA meets with Government hoping to solve cargo transport hurdles

Kenya International Freight and Warehousing Association (KIFWA) national vice chairman Micheal Mwakio (right) looks on as his chairman William Ojonyo (left).

Clearing agents in the country will today (Friday) meet with government hoping to resolve bottlenecks that they say are causing losses worth Sh3 million daily via the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR). In a convention that also ropes in all stakeholders who ferry cargo via the rail, The Kenya International Freight and Warehousing Association (Kifwa) are hoping that any detention fee for containers might also be slashed. ALSO READ: Track laying on Sh150 billion railway to Naivasha kicks off[1]

Kifwa said that the last mile cargo transport module had also led to agents making losses. “We are coming from a point of frustrations with constant complaints,” said Kifwa chairman William Ojonyo. “Why is it that we have containers only leaving 300 a day and only 100 empties coming back meaning 200 are not being evacuated through SGR because of the initial problems of congestion and inefficiencies in identifying and placing those containers,” he said.

He added that government was also losing revenue adding that after the meet those losses could be reversed. Know if news is factual and true. Text ‘NEWS’ to 22840 and always receive verified news updates.

“Averagely the clearing agents are losing £30,000 dollars per day in detention of containers. Money which goes to offshore accounts, meaning that Kenya is collecting for other countries,” he said. The forum is dubbed Supporting SGR for a Better Economy and will bring together CS Transport James Macharia, Kenya Railways, Kenya Ports Authority and the Shippers Council.

Mr Ojonyo said that KPA had moved to address the turnaround of trucks reducing it to four hours from ten by introducing the smart gate initiative. ALSO READ: Chinese delegation in Kenya to assess projects[2] Would you like to get published on Standard Media websites?

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Alaska Air Cargo reports 40% growth in North American service

Alaska Air Cargo has expanded its cargo lift capacity by 40 percent in the continental U.S. by utilizing the 71 Airbus aircraft that became part of the Alaska Airlines fleet as part of its merger with Virgin America, the company said. Alaska Air Cargo said it will utilize the belly space in these aircraft to provide customers with new shipping destinations and increased frequencies throughout the Alaska Airlines system. Alaska Air Cargo serves 93 destinations offering customers reliable cargo services and the competitive advantage of Alaska Airlines broad and enhanced flight network.

In addition to increased belly load capacity, Alaska Air Cargo has upgraded its fleet to include three 737-700 retrofitted freighter aircraft. With the addition of a dedicated all-freighter fleet, Alaska Air Cargo provides reliable scheduled and drop-in service for 19 communities across Alaska; connecting them to the cargo hub in Seattle. Alaska Air Cargo transports more than 170 million pounds of cargo annually-including seafood, mail and freight, and operates the most extensive air cargo operation on the U.S.

West Coast of any passenger airline.

Alaska Airlines and its regional partners fly 44 million guests a year to more than 115 destinations with an average of 1,200 daily flights across the United States and to Mexico, Canada and Costa Rica.

BY Gulli Arnason – June 21, 2018

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Qatari LNG cargo heading for Belgium

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Fluxys-operated Zeebrugge LNG terminal in Belgium is awaiting a cargo of liquefied natural gas from Qatar at the start of July. The 173,400-cbm Flex Endeavor, a recently built MEGI carrier, departed the Qatari LNG complex in Ras Laffan on June 18 and is heading for Belgium. The shipping data shows the vessel, owned by Flex LNG, the company controlled by billionaire John Fredriksen, is scheduled to deliver the cargo to the Zeebrugge terminal on July 5.

Flex LNG chartered the vessel to Uniper Global Commodities under a 15 to an 18-month deal.

The Zeebrugge LNG terminal, that mainly imports LNG from Qatar, has an annual throughput capacity of nine billion cubic meters of natural gas.

LNG World News Staff

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