Shipping & Logistics

Job losses that will come with fast cargo trains

The Kenya Railways commercial cargo train. FILE PHOTO | NMG
The Kenya Railways commercial cargo train. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Kenya has finally launched its commercial cargo train. When the first such commercial trains discharged its cargo on January 1, managers at the Nairobi’s inland container depot (ICD) saw an opportunity to showcase efficiency, world class equipment or simply the logistical sophistication.

And so, up to Tuesday morning, one of the trending tweets was a post by President Uhuru Kenyatta which talked of the positive changes spawned by the recent launch of the ICD.

The Monday tweet read: “Today’s cargo train carried 104 containers, which is almost equivalent to the trucks operating daily on the Mombasa-Nairobi highway.”

The Kenya Railways says four such trains will initially be operating daily between Mombasa and Nairobi but the number will increase to eight. The President and other government officials are celebrating the ICD because it marks yet another milestone in Kenya’s bid to reduce the cost of doing business.