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The firms have filed an application in the Mombasa High Court seeking to quash directive by the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA).
The authority appointed Panda Clearing and Forwarding Company to handle the South Sudan-bound cargo.
The Container Freight Stations Association have also sought an order seeking to ban KPA from implementing its September 27 directive.
In June, KPA announced that South Sudan had become a key transit destination, with 11.6 per cent share in all transit cargo.
As such, the applicants said, it would be impractical for a single firm to handle such high volumes of cargo.
In an affidavit, the association’s executive officer, Mr Daniel Nzeki, said that KPA had unfairly locked out other companies from participating in the South Sudan market and, therefore, denied them legitimate income.
The KPA notice, he claimed, had not disclosed any reasons for giving such instructions and neither had it cited legitimate government authority approving the arrangement.
“The respondents’ directive was unilaterally made and did not consult or involve stakeholders and port community concerned,” he said.
Hearing was set for December 2.
PARASTATAL heads who signed the Mombasa port community charter risk being sacked if their agencies do not deliver on the contents of the new entity. The charter signed between the government and the private sector aims at improving the movement of cargo from the port into hinterland