Kenya closes cargo’s back door

ONE of Africa’s leading perishables exporters, Kenya, could see cargo flows damaged by a new policy put in place this month.

Kenyan Airports Authority (KAA) rules now mean flowers and vegetables will only be allowed on to aircraft if they pass one of the airport’s four transit ports.

Until now three quarters of the horticultural produce, which passes through Nairobi Airport (Jomo Kenyatta) bypasses the transit ports. Forwarders involved in the on-site distribution of the pallets often use side roads instead, passing only a minor gate. KAA says the change has been made to improve safety and security but shippers fear costs will soar.

Jomo Kenyatta is improving standards in order to attract coveted business from the US and in turn wants to ship Kenyan flowers to Miami. Delta Airlines shelved plans to fly to Kenya in 2009 citing safety concerns.

Share this story

Related Topics

Latest news

IBS Software and CargoAi partner to drive up customers’ air cargo revenues

By Rachelle Harry

IBS Software has announced a partnership with CargoAi which, it says, will enable its customers to extend their presence in…

Read More

Share this story

TIACA bids farewell to Vladimir Zubkov

By Rachelle Harry

TIACA has bidded farewell to Vladimir Zubkov, who served as secretary general from January 2017 to August 2020 and special…

Read More

Share this story

Lufthansa Cargo and DB Schenker to operate first CO2-neutral freighter flights

By Rachelle Harry

Lufthansa Cargo and DB Schenker have teamed up to carry out the first ever CO2-neutral freighter flights, powered by sustainable…

Read More

Share this story