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kampala-to-mombasaKyagalanyi ships between 1,100 and 1,500 TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units) per year from our dry mill in Kampala, Uganda to the port of Mombasa in Kenya. Despite the inferior transport network,a border crossing and frequent long ETAs (Expected Time of Arrival) for vessels in Mombasa, our all year average stands at a proud 17 days. Our team is committed to reduce transit times and has already achieved record times of just 7 days!

At our new Namanve premises oursilo and warehouse storage capacity amounts to 12,000 tons. While waiting to be exported, all coffee is professionally stacked, inspected and fumigated. Roughly 70% of our exports are shipped in 60kg bags, whereas 30% goes as bulk load. Each container is loaded with the greatest care and is accompanied with all necessary paperwork and a security escort up to Mombasa. We provide secure on-line tracking services to each client through a dedicated section on our website (

Upon request, we airfreight coffee to any part of the world.

Uganda transport networks

uganda transport networks


Uganda’s transport network consists of the following:


  • International airport at Entebbe serviced by 10 international airline companies
  • 4national airports with paved runways
  • 42 local airports with unpaved runways

Rail network

  • Network of 1,255 km, narrow gauge
  • A Contract for construction of a standard gauge railway (SGR) in East Africa was signed Nov 2013. It is expected to considerably improve speeds and cost savings.

Road network (Excluding village roads)

  • 3,264 km paved
  • 16,736 km unpaved


  • No navigable rivers, apart from sections of the Albert Nile
  • Lake Victoria has small ports at Entebbe, Jinja and Port Bell

Sea ports

Uganda is landlocked. Its main access routes through sea are via Mombasa port in Kenya and Dar es Salaam port in Tanzania.

Storage and export loading




KCL’s new Namanve factory has a total storage capacity of 12,000 tons of coffee. After grading, coffee is professionally stacked in one of the warehouses until export. All stacks are easily accessible for inspections by interested parties. Before export, each stack is fumigated by a professional company taking all required health and safety precautions.

Loading for export

Kyagalanyi uses standard 20 feet containers (also known as TEU’s) from nominated shipping lines for shipping coffee to our customers. Each container is delivered by an appointed freight forwarding agent. Before loading, Kyagalanyi staff checks whether:

  • The TEU is clean, has no holes or previous labels and is free from foreign odours.
  • The door gaskets and locking devices are intact.
  • The floor of the TEU does not contain a higher humidity than 12%

The TEU is then prepared for export by fully lining it with Kraft paper. This prevents any condensation water during transport and shipping to come into contact with the loaded coffee. In case the client has requested for BULK LOADING, astrong polypropylene liner bag is properly fixed into the container, leaving sufficient distance between the liner bag and the door.

Once the loading is complete, seals are affixedby representatives of the transporter, the inspection agent, the Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) and KCL. The entire loading process takes a maximum of one day.

Export documentation

quality certificate

kyagalanyi-washed-arabicaKyagalanyi organises all required export documentation to enable cross border customs clearance and shipping.These include:

  • Tally | Weight Certificate
  • UCDA Quality Certificate
  • Phytosanitary Certificate
  • Bill of Lading
  • Invoice

The following optional documents are available upon request:

  • EUR 1 Movement Certificate
  • GSP Form 1
  • ANNEX III for Morocco
  • Duty Free Entry Certificate for China
  • COMESA Certificate of Origin
  • ICO & UCDA Quality Certificate
  • Fumigation Certificate

Transit and shipping

transit and shipping



The safari from the KCL yard in Kampala to Mombasa port takes about four to six days, depending on the number of rest stops the driver takes and the congestion at the border.


Moving valuable cargo across vast insecure distances can be risky business. We therefore insist that all trucks have a security escort inside the driver’s cabin at all times during transit and delivery to port.We have had no serious security incidences since the Kenya elections season of 2007.

Handover in Mombasa port

After arrival in Mombasa port, our agent ensures that the shipping order is prepared and all local charges are paid. He then hands over the container to the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) for loading on nominated vessel.

Transit time

From stuffinga TEU with coffee at KCL to loading it on the nominated vessel, transit time ranges from the lowest of 7 days to a high of about 24 days, depending on vessel waiting time.

Our average transit time currently stands at 17 days, down from over 35 days prior to 2007!