Logwin, the Luxembourg-based logistics operator, has set up a subsidiary in Kenya. The first office is in Nairobi and a second office will be opened 300 miles away in Mombassa in June.
In addition to managing air and ocean freight consignments, the company also specialises in cross-border transport to the neighbouring East African countries, including the delivery of aid supplies. In addition, it offers project management, supply chain management, warehousing, distribution and customs clearance.
Country director is Darren Brown who has several years’ experience in the African logistics market.
The majority of Kenya’s imports and exports transported by air – around 200,000 tonnes of goods annually – pass through Jomo Kenyatta Airport.
The harbour city of Mombassa, Kenya’s second largest city, is the major hub for Uganda.
Patrick Federle, managing director for Logwin’s Africa region, said. “Current projects include the modernisation of the port facilities in Mombassa and upgrading of the highway to Nairobi. As logistics service provider we profit directly from this.”
Kenya imports primarily petroleum and petroleum products, chemicals, white goods, machines and vehicles. Its main exports are tea, coffee, vegetables and fruit, as well as cut flowers and garments.
Logwin has had a presence on the African continent since 1976 and operates five offices in South Africa. Helmut Kaspers, chief operating officer for air and ocean, said: “Establishing our Kenyan national subsidiary is the springboard for expanding our activities in Africa.”