The volumes of imports at the Dar es Salaam port are expected to rise up as traders within the East African’s land-locked countries abandon Mombasa. The main cause of this is due to the forthcoming presidential election in Kenya. The traders from Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Eastern D.R.C Congo opts for Dar es Salaam port as their exit and entry port due to the raising election temperature of politics in Kenya.
Kenya has lost over KSh 5.3 billions monthly from the cargo transport sub-sector during the 2007-2008 post-election violence. The transporters Association reported that most was lost from hijacking and loting of trucks from criminal gangs.
There has been an increase of export of minerals from D.R.C Congo through Dar es Salaam port, this has been noted by the Kenya International Freight and Warehousing Association(KIFWA), an affiliate of the Federation of East African Freight Forwarders Associations(FEAFFA).