Cargo Handling At Jomo Kenyatta International Airport – JKIA

JKIA is the flagship airport of The KAA. The airport boasts of over 40 passenger airlines and 25 cargo airlines. JKIA has proven to be the Cargo hub of Africa due to the following reasons:

Transit Shed:

1. Kenya Airfreight Handling Limited – KAHL

The export and import area measures 85,720 sq ft

  • The main cold room measures 5,200 sq ft and the export cold room measures 262 sq ft
  • The cold room capacity is 100,000 tonnes and the temperatures are -18° and 2°C.
  • The fresh produce area measures 33,133 sq ft
  • KAHL occupies 9,352 sq ft of its office space and the remaining space within KAHL is
    occupied by different operators.
  • Also available at KAHL is a strong room, banking facility, business centre and 642 motor vehicle parking slots and communication facilities through intercom and telephone extensions.

2. Transglobal Cargo Centre

Transglobal Cargo Centre is a multi-purpose facility, the only one of its kind in East Africa, which was designed and built to the highest specifications and requirements of a modern air cargo and freight operation. We are situated in the heart of the Specialized Freight Area of JKIA, Nairobi Kenya.


  • One level customs bonded warehouse for 140 vehicles
  • One level customs bonded warehouse for 165 vehicles at showroom standards • One level warehouse for goods in bond for export and import
  • Pre-delivery inspection preparation facilities for vehicles
  • Total area of 18,000 sq ft – gazetted (Kenya Gazette) transit shed, fully secured with masonry walls, ample loading and offloading ramps, fully equipped with cargo racking, lifting and moving equipment
  • Two-chamber cold store with independent temperature controls – total area of 1,000 sq ft – will be expanded in the near future • Security cage for high risk items
  • General storage with racking
  • Protected by a “state-of-the-art” security system • 5 doors of office space for airline customers
  • Standby generator
  • Ample parking for staff and clientele
  • Cafeteria


Ramp and aircraft handling, physical checks on weight, size and condition of cargo, build-up and break down of pallets, pallet transfer (air/air), storage, labeling, ULD control, air waybill issuance, proof of delivery, manifests, pre-manifests, documents collection, dangerous goods check, live animals acceptance, security escort of cargo and mail (un-armed and armed), other physical and documents handling, x-ray of cargo, trucking (on request).


Transglobal Cargo Centre,
Transglobal Towers – Freight Terminal
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
P.O. Box: 11364-00400, Nairobi, Kenya
Tel. No: +254-(020)827069, 827108, 827188 Fax No: +254-(020) 827128
E-mail: [email protected]

3. Kenya Airways Cargo Centre

The facility is situated at the JKIA’s Freight Area on a six acre site. It is owned by Kenya Airways.


  • The export area measures 62,969 sq ft
  • The import area measures 62,969.4 sq ft
  • The cold room measures 7,459.46 sq ft
  • The cold room has a maximum capacity of 100,000 tonnes i.e. 60 pallets
    and their temperatures are at 4°C
  • Also available at KQ Cargo Centre is a strong room, banking facility, boardroom and conference facility. 120 motor vehicle parking slots, master cargo handling computer system, power back-up generator and catering facility
  • Communication is through intercom, telephone and radio.

4. Siginon Freight

Siginon Aviation was established in Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in 1997. The scope of services includes; air cargo handling, ground handling and ramp handling.

Siginon Aviation operates 2 air cargo terminals in Kenya, located in Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi and Eldoret International Airport (EIA) in Eldoret. In 2014, Siginon Aviation relocated its services to a new state of the art air cargo terminal with direct access to the JKIA airside.

Credentials: IATA, IGHC and certified as compliant in; ISO 90001: 2008, ISAGO, RA3 and a KCAA regulated agent.
Facilities in JKIA Nairobi:

Perishable Cargo Handling Facilities:

  • Provided for an express lane for BUPs
  • 1000 SQM floor space
  • 1000 tons weekly throughput
  • Offloading area at 10 degrees/storage at 2 degrees
  • Cool corridor Storage area for 80 built up units
  • Fitted with truck dock levellers and elevating work station
  • Provision for future expansion – an extra 3000 SQM/3000 tons weekly throughput

General Cargo Handling Facilities:

  • Annual throughput – 60,000 tons
  • Storage:
    • ULD positions – 38 positions
    • Rack position – 1034 positions
  • Total floor space at 5000SQM.
  • Basement storage of 2000SQM mainly for transit vehicles
  • Specialised storage area for DGR, valuables, temperature sensitive cargo oversize cargo.
  • Storage available 60 units of palletized cargo
  • Office floor space – 3000SQM on 3 floors for Commercial bank, Government Agencies and customer airlines and limited industry players
  • Designed to allow minimal physical handling of cargo.

Siginon Aviation Contacts:
1. Siginon Cargo Centre
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport -Nairobi
T: +254 (0)20 2636764/ 07 22 20 50 04
E: [email protected]

2. Siginon Cargo Centre
Eldoret International Airport – Eldoret
T: +254 (0)53 22710
E: [email protected]

5. Swissport Cargo Complex

  • Direct access to airside – closed-off land side entrance with customs gantry
  • 10,400m2 warehouse floor, incl. 400m2 temperature controlled build-up area for perishables and 350m2 dedicated space for consolidation of other fresh produce
  • 4 separate cold rooms with storage of up to 75 main deck units providing flexibility & redundancy
  • Landside truck dock of 115m wide and 15m deep for all acceptance / delivery with 15 x 40 ft truck positions (9999996 equipped with dock levelers) + 1 x 20 ft dolly dock for acceptance of pre-built units specifications (9999991)
  • Full donkey & slave pallet concept, providing highest operational flexibility and an emission-free environment, all electric equipment
  • 6 x 10ft scissors lift workstations, 3 sets of 3 lanes, bi-directional, semi-automated airside
  • Interfaces, each lane having a capacity of max 2 x 10 ft + 1 x 15 ft ULD’s
  • Dedicated strong room incl. vault (99999964m2), DGR storage (999999167m2) and high-value storage (99990m2)
  • 1,280 Import / Export Euro pallet storage positions
  • Automated data capturing & real-time inventory control on Cargo Spot IT platform by means of Hand Held Terminals
  • 3-zone security concept providing strict separation of cargo & people flow – highly restricted access to warehouse
  • No structural separation of Import and Export area within the warehouse optimizes usability of available floor space during peak times
  • Fully covered by CCTV system (99999950 cameras) incl. digital recording (99999930-day retention) • X- ray screening machines, metal detection machine and hand held detectors on site • Empty ULD storage directly adjacent to warehouse
  • Offices for Customs and other Government authorities on site
  • 5 parking positions for wide-body full freighters directly outside the warehouse
  • 2,400m2 office space of which 2,000m2 is for third parties (airlines, GSA’s, clearing & forwarding companies)
  • Banking facilities on site

6. Animal Holding Station

The Animal Holding Station is administered by KAA. The station occupies an area of 4,318.95 sq ft

  • Receiving of live animals from airlines
  • Watering and feeding within individuals kennels
  • Walking of animals (dogs) in the quarantine area
  • Cleaning
  • Physical examination of the animals
  • Tariffs, based on individual animals, e.g. size, services, rendered and duration of stay

Mandatory Requirements

  • Import license (permit) to enter the country
  • A health certificate (must be from country of origin)
  • Export permit (official from the government body)
  • Incase of dogs and cats, a valid vaccination record MUST accompany the animal

NB: Animals without the above documents shall be retained at the quarantine area at the expense of the owner.


All wildlife must be authorized by relevant wildlife authorities to move. No animal shall be allowed to transit or enter without CITES, export permit and certificate of origin.

Specialized Freight Area

JKIA has an exclusive earmarked freight area which has fourteen (99999914) Pack Houses with pre-cooling and processing facilities for cut flowers, fruits and other fresh produce. At JKIA, we strive to ensure that perishables are handled at a strategically dedicated area within the airport next to the cargo terminals.

Ramp Handling Companies

  • Kenya Airways
  • Swissport
  • Tradewinds Ltd
  • Kenya Aerotech
  • Eurocraft

Cargo Carriers at JKIA

  • Kenya Airways Cargo
  • Air France/KLM
  • Lufthansa Cargo
  • Emirate Sky cargo
  • Cargolux
  • Ethiopian airlines
  • Martin Air
  • Saudia Airlines
  • Etihad Crystal Cargo
  • Egypt Air
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Qatar Airlines
  • Turkish Cargo
  • MK Airline
  • Swiss WorldCargo

Cargo Belly Carriers

  • Kenya Airways
  • British Airways
  • South African Airways
  • Air Rwanda

Hub Airlines

  • Astral Aviation
  • Kenya Airways
  • Fly 540
  • Africa Express Airlines • Safari Air Express
  • Blue Bird Aviation
  • Marshland Airline
  • Juba Airways

Cargo Facilities Development

  • The cargo apron at the JKIA has now been expanded to accommodate 8 wide-bodied aircrafts at any one time. Major expansions on roads leading to the cargo terminal, improved lighting system, water and sewerage system and modern ample and secure parking facilities for the motor vehicles.

Clearing and forwarding Companies

  • SDV Transami
  • Freight In Time
  • Kuehne & Nagel
  • Sky Train
  • Total Touch
  • Schenker International
  • Siginon Freight
  • Mitchell cotts
  • Maya Fright
  • Mechanized
  • Andy Forwarders
  • Kenya International Freight & Warehousing Association(KIFWA)

Courier Companies

  • DHL
  • UPS
  • TNT
  • FedEx
  • Total Plus
  • Sky Express (SkyNet Worldwide)
  • Postal Corporation