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N.B: During the course of the year, we have seen many more thefts in our supply chain than we normally have; during transit to ports ex. Brazil or East Africa; but also on arrival at destination ex Asia.


Last updated 19/01/2021 No changes or updates noted for the business. Ugacof Operations

  • Following the presidential address on 20th September, further easing of coronavirus restrictions announced. Borders and International airport opened on 1st October 2020;
  • Curfews remain in force 9:00 p.m to 6:00 a.m;
  • The infection rate continues to rise, mainly in Kampala city and the metropolitan areas;
  • We are operating from office, rotations and with team members working from home. All necessary precautions and safety measures are in place at all locations;
  • All our service providers’ i.e forwarders, shipping line, ICDs are operating;
  • UCDA issued a coffee certification procedures to follow during the COVID-19 times and put in place skeleton staff to ensure certification of coffee exports.
Border Operations
  • The border is open but congestion reported -/+ 60 Kms at Malaba Kenya. Current wait time to cross border is +/-6 days. The cross-border movement is very slow resulting in low turnaround of trucks;
  • Drivers strike is also reported since early this week due to delays to get testing and long wait get test results if required, blocking the movement of trucks;
  • Drivers must undergo a the mandatory COVID test or those with negative certificates (valid for 14 days) directly cross the border;
  • Current delay at Malaba Uganda +/-6 days to get results if test is required.
Port Operations
  • Mombasa port is operational with reduced staff and delays still noticed from KPA but adopting to the new procedures of clearance and handover.
Containers Availability
  • MSC, CMA CGM – Low stock.

Useful Website for information on lockdown:


Last updated 19/01/2021
No changes or updates noted for the business. General:

  • Government announced that the curfew has been brought forward 2 hours to 7pm. Some public travel internally has now been banned. 50% of employees are allowed at the work place, others at home;
  • Production site (Dry mill & Washing Stations) working under strict health & safety measures;
  • Some admin staff working from the office.

  • New customs clearing procedures are now in place for Rwanda to minimise the risks of COVID-19 cases from passing the border via drivers and crews. The rules bring customs clearing to each border post and mandates testing for truck staff. We can estimate that this will add 2 days to the transit (for testing and truck cleaning). Meaning for Mombasa routes we see 4 days extra and for Dar 2 days extra. On our side we will be doing our best to send PSS 5 working days earlier than previously planned to compensate.
  • Trucking route to Mombasa port is delayed. Advice to clients is to switch shipments to Dar Es Salaam;

  • Containers are available as normal with good planning.


Last updated 19/01/2021 No changes or updates noted for the business.

Tanzania Operations

  • Currently Things became normal for now due to government assurance ,but only we have been warned to take more precautions and measures as its possible we are living with it as we do for HIV,TB and any others diseases ,that according to Tanzania ministry of health guideline;

  • 2020/2021 season Zonal Auction going on every Thursday;

  • Warehouse are working on rotation (Day & Night) with all operations running normally precautions and safety measure are in place.


  • We are heading towards the general election, the campaigns underway, the election to be held 28.10.20;

  • Airfreight Side

    • Airport are now operating normally.

    • By Swissport:

    • KLM-4flights in a week. Tuesday,Thursday,Saturday and Sunday

    • Emirates-2 flights in a week. Tuesday and Thursday

    • Swiss air-2 flights in a week. Wednesday and Sunday.

    • Qatar air-- Daily flight.

    • Ethiopian air-Daily flight.

    • Egypt air-No proper schedule

    • Turkish air. No proper schedule.

    • Oman air. No proper schedule.

    • Lam air-No proper schedule

    • By AFS.

    • Rwanda air.

    • Fly Dubai.

    • Astra Aviation

    • DHL still operating through their flight twice a week.

Port Operation

  • TPA and TICTS are operating as usual;

  • Currently vessels are spending about 4days on average from ETA to berthing. We are heading toward end of the year and vessels/cargo are normally expected to increase;

  • Documentation – TICTS have increased from 6days to 8days now due to loading list cutoff date, booking/cargo readiness needs to be monitored accordingly.

Container Availability

  • Container available remain ok for -(MSC, MAERSK, SAFMARINE, MESSINA, CMA CGM, HAPAG, WEC, EVERGREEN);

  • COSCO and ONE have shortage of empty containers.

In Tanzania, Cotacof production site is working under strict health and safety measures to ensure the health and safety of all staff.


Last updated 19/01/2021 No changes or updates noted for the business. Kenya Operation

  • National wide Curfew was extended till 3rd Jan 2021 with curfew hours adjusted from 10 PM till 4 AM;
  • The number of positive cases has continued to rise drastically since the ease of restriction with positive cases at 60000 and 1000 deaths. Virus has already spread through all counties with Nairobi being hot spot;
  • Our teams have resumed working on rotation some in office others working from home to at least instill social distancing rule while adhering to covid safety rules and guidelines;
  • Transit time in dispatch of docs and PSS has remained normal throughout with an average transit time of 3-4 days;
  • Auction resumed but is still held fortnight. We are still on Fly crop but early main crop has begun with small volumes in the market;
  • Sending and cupping of samples is progressing normally. We are still sourcing coffees directly to cover our sales;
  • Warehouse activities are progressing normally.
Port Operation
  • We are using railway 100% for transit to port handover is done at ICDE in Nairobi with defined cutoffs depending on S/line;
  • Mombasa port is operating in 3 shifts i.e. 7am-3Pm, 3Pm-11Pm and 11Pm to 7am.Port operations remain normal in larger extent with few delays due to limited staff with elderly requested to work form home;
  • The port currently has not recorded any new cases and safety precautions are being adhered to throughout the port;
  • Availability of food grade containers is normal for MSC, WEC, Hapag Lloyd while sometimes we experience shortages from - Maersk, CMA-CGM.

Posters, face masks, soap and hand washing stations are now available in a number of farms and cooperative societies:


Last updated 19/01/2021
No changes or updates noted for the business.

  • The overall business works as usual, no impact on our coffee business for now, measures are expected if more cases are confirmed such as movement restrictions on the field;
  • The cherry season is active in Ngozi;
  • Health & Safety measures are applied across all operations, specifically at Washing Station where casuals have started operations;
Movement to Port:
  • Off-season in terms of exports.
Samples and Documents:
  • No impact noted on samples and documents so far.


Last updated 19/01/2021 No changes or updates noted for the business. General:

  • There is a surge in cases in Ethiopia;
  • The pandemic is getting worse daily, and the government has issued directives that everyone has to wear masks;
  • The borders are still closed;
  • Cargoes are still moving and there are no worries at the port.


Last updated 07/01/2021 No changes or updates noted for the business.


  • Effective July 31, 2020, bars, pubs, cinema and gatherings places have reopened, but subject to strict hygiene mesures;

  • Abidjan City is now open to the rest of the country since July 15th;

  • International travels are now allowed but subjected to certain controls and hygiene measure;

  • Social distancing in supermarkets, and limited amount of people in public transport still there;

  • It is compulsory to wear a mask in public places and transport;

  • Life and economy are now quasi-normal;

  • Sucafina Team is working normally and from the office;

  • Government has announced economics measure to support small size business. These measures will be also for local company of the Coffee/Cocoa sector.


  • All ports, administration, and Coffee and Cocoa Board (CCC) services are working normally;

  • Warehouses, Logistics companies & ports are working normally;

  • Vessel schedules have improved but with some slight delays.

Samples and Documents:

  • Business as usual.


Press Release 14/04/2020
COVID-19 Mombasa Port Situation

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