Postal Corporation of Kenya set to open port warehouse

A Government agency is set to open a warehouse at the port of Mombasa this week to bolster its new cargo clearance business.

Postal Corporation of Kenya (PCK) Coast regional manager Kenneth Ambani said the agency’s docks post office warehouse had been refurbished and would be opened by the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) Managing Director Daniel Manduku on Thursday.

It will be used to facilitate the clearing and forwarding business that PCK has launched across the country as part of its diversification efforts to increase its revenues.

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Already, PCK clears and delivers imported motor vehicles and containers among other cargo to individuals and companies countrywide.

“The corporation’s mission is to provide innovative communications, distribution and financial (payment) solutions to our customers and create value to stakeholders. Post office remains the most accessible, affordable and effective and time-tested communications platform in Kenya with over 600 outlets spread across country,” Ambani said yesterday.

Posta’s core business has been postapay, mail and courier services. The Posta cargo has been established under the courier service. Other players in the global cargo business that PCK faces include DHL and TNT.

According to Ambani, the corporation has partnered with the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) service to clear cargo requiring urgent movement.

He said the corporation targeted project cargo, particularly for investors coming to Kenya for clearance and delivery to site.

The agency is reportedly eyeing business from emerging markets like China and is preparing to exploit the Less Container Load (LCL) of inbound and outbound cargo.

The corporation was issued with a clearing and forwarding license three years ago to diversity, and has car imports as well as items for the National Oil Corporation and the Central Bank of Kenya among others.

Ambani told The Standard PCK used to operate the port warehouse up to the late 1990s when sending of mail was disrupted by technology and hence the facility was being refurbished to handle consolidation of posta cargoes.

“We have ventured into posta cargo business after realising there was a challenge in importers and exporters accessing clearing and forwarding services at minimal rates. We have existing infrastructure countrywide, the required workforce and a fleet of vehicles to offer this service,” he said.

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He noted that shippers could provide their details and that of the cargo at the corporation’s branches countrywide and the goods would be cleared in Mombasa and delivered to them.

Postmaster General Dan Kagwe said recently the corporation was diversifying its services to enable it sustain its 3,000 workforce and avoid declaring them redundant.

The corporation was split from the giant Kenya Posts and Telecommunications Corporation in the late 1990s.

Peter Otieno, the national chairman of the Car Importers Association of Kenya (CIAK), said the coming of PCK in the clearing and forwarding business did not worry them since they had competed with more established companies with global links.

“PCK should be prepared to face global players in the market. It is true the corporation has wide infrastructure but it must focus on efficiency to make a footprint in the market,” said Mr Otieno.

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