Perishables Logistics Africa 2019 Focuses on Market Accessibility for Perishable

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October 24, 2019: After the successful Flower Logistics Africa 2019, the third edition of
Perishable Logistics Africa was conducted at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Nairobi, bringing
together key stakeholders in the perishables supply chain. Discussions on the “Together
for Better Logistics: Collaboration Key to Enhancing Africa’s Perishable Export”
amplified the need for infrastructure development in order to broaden our perishables
markets.
The need for collaboration between African nations and harmonizing standards was
identified as key to accessing markets. Speaking on the topic of sustainable practices for
bringing down costs and increasing margins, Peter Musola, the Cargo Commercial
Manager at Kenya Airways noted that a lot of the perishable products being produced
are homogenous, which leads to huge wastage. According to Musola, Kenya Airways is
reducing the Intra-Africa freight costs as a way of enabling the trading market within
Africa. “Kenya is well positioned to achieve more, but we can take it a notch higher with
more collaborations,” he added.
PLA also discussed about exploring of new markets, and looking beyond the traditional
avenues. As the speakers observed, two most critical aspects that can lead to success
when exploring new markets are compliance from the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate
Service (KEPHIS) and extensive market research. “For farmers, it’s imperative that they
source their materials and seeds from reputable sources since it prevents spread of
diseases and guarantees quality products for export,” said Patrice Ngenga, the
Technical, Standards & Compliance Officer at the Fresh Produce Exporters Association of
Kenya.
As all sectors are embracing technology through various digital enablers such as
Blockchain Technology, farmers and other stakeholders in the supply chain value are
seeing the need to invest in the right technology in order to minimize errors as well as
make accurate projections regarding their products. In an earlier address, Jacob Bwana,

the Cargo Commercial Manager at Kenya Airports Authority reiterated this by saying
that, “We should embrace data sharing through e-commerce along the supply chain to
enhance visibility. This will enable us to provide both soft and hard infrastructure to
facilitate the export trade of goods, especially perishables at our airports.”
The event which was organised by Logistics Update Africa, was sponsored by Kenya
Airports Authority, Holland Flower Alliance, Saudia Cargo and many more. The
conference was also supported by industry associations such as Kenya Flower Council
(KFC), Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS), Kenya International Freight
and Warehousing Association (KIFWA), and International Air Transport Association
(IATA).

About the Organiser
Logistics Update Africa (LUA) is a bi-monthly magazine that brings the most credible
news, views and stories of and from Africa about the continent’s evolving transport and
logistics industries. LUA is one of the four publications from STAT Media Group, the
earliest business to business trade publication in transport and logistics in the world.
LUA gives an insight of the untapped potential of Africa’s economy and its unexplored
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logistics professional around the world.
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