Friday 21st Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

First customers for Nairobi cargo centre

Emirates SkyCargo and Nairobi-based Astral Aviation will be the first airlines to be handled through the new Transglobal Cargo Centre at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

It is the largest cargo handling facility at the airport, and will be the first fresh produce and cargo handling facility in Africa to incorporate a multi-storey elevating transfer vehicle-based perishables handling system.

This cool-chain elevating transfer vehicle system will have capacity for storing 160 pallets – the equivalent of more than four 747 freighter loads.

The terminal has full on-site pallet-building facilities for perishables, so customers will be able to deliver loose perishable cargo direct to the terminal for containerisation or palletisation.

The facility has roller bed access to the temperature-controlled area and the perishables handling area is divided into separate temperature zones. There is also a 1,000 sq m perishables inspection and re-packing area.

Emirates divisional senior vice president cargo, Ram C. Menen said: “This major investment will play a key role in further developing Nairobi as a gateway for cool-chain cargo.”