Our factsheet series breaks down the facts and figures behind some of the most pressing issues facing the Coast region. 


Container Terminal 2

The Government of Kenya is attempting to privatise the Port of Mombasa’s Container Terminal 2 (CT2), by handing it over in a secret deal to the Kenya National Shipping Line (KNSL) which is 47% owned by the Italian-owned Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC).


The SGR Cargo Directive

In August 2019, the Kenyan Government issued a directive requiring all cargo arriving at the Port of Mombasa be transported to Nairobi via the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR). It also effectively shifted all clearing and forwarding operations to the Nairobi Inland Container Depot, bypassing Mombasa. The directive has been devastating for Mombasa, whose economy relies heavily on the Port. Thousands of truck owners and drivers are no longer needed to haul cargo. Hundreds of clearing and forwarding firms have packed up and moved to Nairobi or wound up. Many local container freight stations now sit empty.