Ethiopian Freight Forwarders and Shipping Agents Association

Addis Fortune Article – Committee Arises to Facilitate Ethio-Djibouti Trade


Committee Arises to Facilitate Ethio-Djibouti Trade


The Committee will conclude its discussions on two major points: a shared standard working procedure and the alignment of working hours between the two countries.

This is a platform to develop these working procedures to bring systematic change, according to Elizabeth Getahun, President of the Association.

The Association also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Customs Commission at its annual general assembly event held at the Hyatt Regency earlier this month as part of the “ease of doing business” reforms in the country. In line with this, the Commission has launched an automated system that enables companies to process and secure permits and pay duties and tariffs online.

During its general assembly, the Association also presented its annual report and its first five-year plan since its establishment in 1998. Notable throughout the past year was its consultative participation in the 10-Year National Logistics and Transport strategic plans and the directive on the categorization of freight trucks in the country approved in November.

It is also into its fourth month of training under the newly launched Young Logisticians Programme, whereby trainees get an FIATA diploma from the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) based in Zurich, Switzerland.


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