All Kenyan imports are required to have the following documents: Import Declaration Forms (IDF); a Certificate of Conformity (CoC) from the PVoC agent for regulated products; an import standards mark (ISM) when applicable; and valid pro forma invoices from the exporting firm.
Sea waybills must never be 'To Order'.
Actual Volume (CBM) is mandatory information and must be manifested.
The port with about 16 deep water berths totalling over three thousand meter in length and 10 meters of depth is Kenya’s biggest and largest port. The port has a stacking area of 25 thousand square metres and has the capacity to handle 436 thousand TEU’s of containerized cargo annually.
The Port of Mombasa is the main port serving Kenya’s agriculture and industry which marks its economic value. The port has five container berths with a total length of 96 meters. Vessels less than 20 thousand DWT can enter and leave the port at any time. The containerized cargo covers 70% of the total cargo volume of the port, with the volume continuously increasing with 12% per annum.
Port of Mombasa was a prosperous trading village in early 12th Century, trading goods like ivory gold and spices. With the onset of 1528, the port was attacked by The Portuguese making it a formal colony under Goa in 1638. Finally, in 1895, the Port of Mombasa became part of the British Kenya protectorate and was officially a part of Zanzibar until it was incorporated into the new State of Kenya in 1963.
The railway infrastructure within the Port of Mombasa is one of the best in Kenya. The port's rail connection brings heavy freight train traffic to Mombasa, making it a strategic economic location. Being the centre of coastal tourism in the country, it does not fail to offer the travellers with a wonderful place to relax and delve into the distant past.