Ethiopian Freight Forwarders and Shipping Agents Association

Who are we?

Ethiopian Freight Forwarders and Shipping Agents Association (EFFSAA) is a strong national association of professional logisticians striving since 1998 G.C, to achieve change in the sector of freight forwarding and shipping in Ethiopia. Formed by a group of logistics professionals, EFFSAA aims to enhance the sector to have more power and voice.

Our main objectives are:

  • Setting standards to our industry
  • Improving capacities & competency levels
  • Sharing experiences
  • Arbitrating conflicts of finance and operations of different parties at different regions
  • Lobbying for the improvements and changes of policies
  • Partnering with all concerned networks & bodies in logistics
  • To Promote the Freight Logistics sectors to the society at large


An association endlessly promoting the spirit of mutual respect, cooperation and assistance among members, the public and private sectors.


To promote professionalism & excellence of the logistics industry through continuous learning and professional development.


  • The endless pursuit of excellence for Ethiopian Logistics
  • Enhancing the benefits of our members
  • Respecting & educating the rules of our profession locally and internationally


Formed by a small group of logistics professionals, EFFSAA aims to enhance the sector to have more power and voice. The governing bodies are: the General Assembly, Executive Board and members.

Achievements to Date

Over the past few years, EFFSAA has received different awards and recognitions; continuously striving to make EFFSAA a trustworthy Association of professionals being our primary goal. To mention few;

  • Member in National Logistics Council, National Oversees Committee (NOC), Customs Service Delivery Improvement Council and Transport Council.
  • Started weekly newsletter since August 21, 2020.
  • Successfully organized National Logistics Conference which focused on “Getting Prepared for New Opportunities” on January 28, 2020.
  • EFFSAA partnered with Ethiopian Logistics Community of Practice (ELCoP), Ethiopian Maritime Affairs Authority (EMAA), Ethiopian Logistics and Supply Chain Management Professionals Association (ELSA) and World Food Program (WFP) and organized a successful national logistics conference which was held on 28th of October, 2019 on the “Challenges and Prospects of Ethiopia’s Logistics Industry”
  • Facilitated and organized the 3rd annual program of World Business Logistics Network from April 8-11, 2019 in Addis Ababa in collaboration with one of its member Samatra Logistics and Shipping Plc and World Business Logistics Network (WBLN).
  • Signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with different institutions such as,
    • Ethiopian Maritime Affairs Authority,
    • Ethiopian Customs Commission,
    • Ethiopian Shipping and Logistics Services Enterprise,
    • Ethiopian Airlines Aviation Academy,
    • Addis Ababa University Institute of Technology – Ethio Log,
    • Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Association,
    • Federation of East African Freight Forwarders Association,
    • Freight Forwarders Association of Morocco,
    • Tanzania Freight Forwarders Association,
    • The Shipping and Forwarding Agents’ Association of Zimbabwe,
    • China International Freight Forwarders Association
    • International Think Tank for Landlocked Developing Countries
  • In 2016, EFFSAA successfully hosted the Federation of International Freight Forwarders Association (FIATA) Regional body for Africa and Middle East (RAME) conference in Addis Ababa. RAME holds conference once a year in a place where the members have won the intense competition of bringing this important experience sharing platform to their region.
  • Successfully conducted FIATA’s Train the Trainer (ToT) program in three rounds.
  • Continued and improved partnership with local regulatory bodies.
  • Recognition and award by FIATA of EFFSAA’s competence to establish logistics training center

Legal Status

Certificate of registration No. 1558. Certificate obtained from The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Charity and Societies Agency.