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Container Freight Station Services (CFS)

confreightxMitchell Cotts established a Container Freight Station (CFS). The facility located adjacent to Mitchell Cotts head office and warehouse complex, is a gazetted and fully licensed dry port. The CFS facility comprises 250,000 square feet of open yard and 150,000 square feet of covered warehouses.

The facility is enclosed with a brick perimeter wall secured by an electric fence and motion sensors connected to an alarm system supported by a back-up response situated approximately 500 metres from the complex. The compound is flood–lit with overhead halogen lamps and is secured 24-hours a day, by day and night guards.

There is also dog surveillance at night to ensure that in the unlikely event that an intrusion is not detected, the dogs will detect the intrusion and raise an alert. Security in the facility is therefore, of the highest standards possible given the value of the goods cleared through the facility.

The freight station is designed to handle transfers directly from Kilindini seaport to the Mitchell Cotts CFS upon discharge from the carrier vessels. Upon discharging full container load (FCL) and less than container load (LCL) cargoes from carrier vessels, we clear them through the Kenya Port Authority Container Terminal and immediately transfer them to our CFS located just 500 metres from Kenya Ports Authority Gate B. We then off-load the container and de-stuff the goods where applicable and undertake the customs procedures such as verification.

Mitchell Cotts is ideal for imported vehicles and machinery to safeguard the respective importer from the prevalent pilferage at the Kilindini seaport area. All statutory authorities including resident Customs Officer, Port Health, Port Police and Kenya Bureau of Standards personnel have offices within the CFS. They work together with our staff to facilitate swift and efficient clearance of goods, consequently saving importers from unnecessary bureaucratic delays and costs.

How to Consign Goods to our CFS

There are two ways to consign goods imported into Kenya to Mitchell Cotts CFS:

  1. Prior to shipping
  2. After shipping and Prior to arrival

The procedures to be used in the two circumstances are:

i. Prior to Shipping

The importer (consignee) in the contract of sale instructs the shipper (supplier) to insert the remarks “Final destination: Mitchell Cotts CFS” on their shipping instructions. Upon receiving the cargo at the shipping line, the shipping agents at the port of loading requests the shipper to confirm the details of the Bill of Lading before the agent prints it and uses its details to prepare the ship’s manifest.

At this point, the shipper should ensure that the destination instructions are as follows:

  • Port of Loading: Antwerp, Hamburg etc.
  • Port of Discharge: Mombasa
  • Final Destination: Mitchell Cotts CFS

With the above details, the ship’s manifest easily distinguishes those containers or cargoes that are for onward carriage to other inland stations and those destined for the Mitchell Cotts CFS. The shipping line’s manifest lodged with the Kenya Ports Authority Operations Department is the document used in planning the discharge of the vessel. All containers consigned to Mitchell Cotts CFS will be off-loaded from the vessel and directly transported to the CFS. ii. After Shipping and Prior to Arrival In the event that the goods have already been shipped and the shipper has not specified the final destination on the Bill of Lading, the consignee can instruct the local shipping agent of the carrier vessel in writing to amend the ship’s manifest before lodging with the Kenya Port Authority. The written instructions to the shipping line should be copied to Mitchell Cotts so we can follow up the insertion in the manifest lodged with Kenya Port Authority. It is very important to have the instructions given to the local shipping agent before the vessel arrives as this ensures there are no delays in amending the Final Destination to the intended one.


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