Lets assume you are shipping a container from Durban to Nairobi which as per the map is not too far and you would expect it to reach Nairobi in a few days time by ship right..?? Wrong !!
Currently it could take your container anything between 48-50 DAYS, yes DAYS to get it from Durban to Nairobi.. 🙁
How you say..??
Currently the port of Mombasa is extremely congested and below is the time line (reproduced from a Kenyan newspaper) of how long it takes cargo to move from Mombasa (gateway port) to Nairobi.. Add to this about 6 days steaming time from Durban to Mombasa..
Can you imagine that.. This is how long a seller might have to wait in certain cases to get paid by his buyer.. Or for the buyer to have paid the money to the seller and wait to get his goods.. Shows you how so many things are dependent on the efficient handling and operation of the ports..