Kyagalanyi 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 (http://www.kyagalanyi.co.ug/logistics).
Upon request, we airfreight coffee to any part of the world.
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
- 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
Uganda is landlocked. Its main access routes through sea are via Mombasa port in Kenya and Dar es Salaam port in Tanzania.
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.
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!