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When the idea for Kenya’s Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) was mooted, there was clear excitement among landlocked countries in East Africa who saw a quick way to ship cargo to and from the regional maritime hub of Mombasa. It would take at most three days for a container to leave Kigali and snake all the way to Mombasa and vice versa cutting costs, risks, and time spent to move cargo and people. 

However, a decade and US$5 billion later, most of it from Chinese loans already spent, the railway line is yet to reach its final destination. In fact, it never managed to get even halfway through the Kenyan landmass.  Meanwhile partners in the project like Rwanda have cooled their interests while Uganda and South Sudan have reluctantly taken up the option of using the Naivasha inland depot as a closer destination compared to Mombasa.

It was on the 17th of December last year when the Naivasha Inland Container Depot (ICD) swung open its doors.

Presided by Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, the depot commonly known as the Naivasha ICD was launched to enhance Kenya’s cargo handling capacity and significantly contribute to the sustainable development of our country’s and regional economies.

Currently, business is steadily picking up at the newly opened Naivasha Inland Container Depot with all the Government Agencies led by the Kenya Ports Authority already settled on the ground to offer services to ensure smooth cargo off-take.

The other agencies on the site include the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) and Kenya Railways Corporation. Meanwhile regional Customs Authorities namely Uganda Revenue Authority, Rwanda Revenue Authority, Burundi Revenue Authority and South Sudan Revenue Authority are also present.

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