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Fresh produce from Tanzania and Uganda rises at Mombasa port as EU approves sea transport

A pact signed by the European Union and Kenya to allow sea shipment of fresh produce has increased the volume of goods from Tanzania and Uganda to the country.

According to the Kenya Ports Authority, the volume of fresh produce from Tanzania and Uganda exported via reefer containers through the port of Mombasa, Kenya, has increased to six percent, compared to last year.

This is because Kenya signed a pact with the European Union, one of its main export destinations, agreeing to transport fresh produce by sea after Mombasa port met the requirements last year,” Captain Ruto said.

Speaking to reporters, Captain William Ruto, head of the Kenya Ports Authority, confirmed that the pact had been signed to help Kenya reduce its carbon footprint.

Containers at the port of Mombasa.

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“Kenya began transporting horticultural products by sea in a move that would reduce the carbon footprint and improve incomes,” Ruto explained.

However, the move has served to boost profits at the port as fresh produce from Uganda and Tanzania has increased at the Mombasa port.

To facilitate the use of the sea to transport fresh products, KPA has increased the number of refrigeration points and has also prioritized fresh products at scanning points in different port facilities to ensure quick response time of trucks.

“The objective is to improve competitiveness and participation in exports of avocados, mangoes and vegetables from Kenya to Europe and other international markets, focusing on solving the production, storage, logistics and value-added challenges faced by the sector,” Ruto said. .

This comes after Kenya and the European Union signed a Kenya-EU Economic Partnership Agreement in 2024 that was in the offing for more than a decade.

The agreement allows Kenya duty-free access to the European Union market, a market that has 27 member states.

It is also the most ambitious trade agreement ever signed by the EU with a developing country when it comes to sustainability provisions such as climate and environmental protection, labor rights and gender equality.

The Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and Kenya aims to implement the provisions contained in the EPA between the EU and the East African Community (EAC) and will be open for accession by other EAC countries in the future.

President William Ruto and EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen at State House, Nairobi.

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