Kenya Shippers Say South Sudan Trade Increases Border Congestion
27 March 2012
Bloomberg - March 26, 2012
Kenya and Uganda’s government must upgrade infrastructure at the town Malaba on their mutual border to cater for increased traffic from South Sudan, the Kenya Shippers Council said.
South Sudanese trade via Kenya’s port of Mombasa surged 87 percent last year to 417,033 metric tons, Kenya Ports Authority statistics show. South Sudan increasingly favors using Malaba to transit the goods because of insecurity and damaged roads at Lokichogio on its border with Kenya, Humphrey Kisembe, an economist at the council, said in an interview today in Mombasa.
“The road to the border is still narrow making it difficult for trucks to maneuver,” Kisembe said. “The joint Kenya Revenue Authority and Uganda Revenue Authority verification staff operating on the Ugandan side are working in a dusty and unfriendly makeshift tent that cannot accommodate computers, resulting into duplication of work.”