Ethiopian Freight Forwarders and Shipping Agents Association

EFFSAA Weekly Newsletter, Vol. 01, No. 004

Paperless Customs Service to be inaugurated

Ethiopian Customs Commission has announced that, Paperless Customs Service will be officially inaugurated on Saturday September 12, 2020 at Sheraton Addis Hotel with the presence of high government officials and different stakeholders of the Logistics sector. The Commission will implement paperless customs service in 2013 E.C. to modernize and improve its service delivery.

According to Customs Commissioner, Debele Kabeta, the commission has been making a number of improvements over the past two years. The commissioner also said that effective work has been done in collaboration with various stakeholders to make the institution’s system technically supported. In particular, the commission has been conducting research-based reforms to streamline the flow of imports and exports in a manner that respects the law and order and focuses on the country’s revenue. He added that the paperless customs service system, which will update the standard of service delivery and ensure transparency and accountability among employees, will soon be rolled out. He said the necessary training is being provided to the staff.

Finally, stakeholders working with the Commission called for the efficient and integrated use of the soon-to-be-launched paperless customs service.

E-commerce Firm Ignites Drone Delivery

Addis Mercato, a local e-commerce and logistics company, has launched the first urban and suburban delivery service using fully automated drones. The company partnered with India-based TechEagle to launch the logistics system.

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Ethiopian Airlines Unveils New Terminal at Addis Ababa Bole International – “Designed, not Repurposed, with Biosafety and Biosecurity in Mind”

Ethiopian Airlines Group has completed the construction of the first new airport terminal opened after the Covid-19 pandemic hit. The new terminal at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport features sixty check-in counters, thirty self-check-in kiosks, sixteen immigration counters and sixteen central security screening areas for departing passengers which “are the new faces of the airport”, according to Ethiopian. Aviation infrastructure expansion is one of the pillars of Ethiopian Airlines’ Vision 2025. The company said the new terminal plays a key role in passenger and employee safety as the airport experience becomes contactless.

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The New Investment Regulation No. 474/2020

The New Investment Regulation No. 474/2020 has been published.

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Ethiopian Airlines to Launch Cargo Flights from Mwanza

Ethiopian Airlines is set to join Rwandair when it launches cargo flight service to Mwanza with effect from September 09, adding its already available passenger flights to other parts of Tanzania. Ethiopian Airlines which was the first to resume flights to Julius Nyerere International Airport is set to increase flight from 4 landing weekly to 14.

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Trafigura to upgrade Berbera Oil Terminal

Global commodities trader Trafigura is to invest in upgrading the Berbera Oil Terminal in Somaliland to become a regional supply hub serving Somaliland and integrate oil logistics across the Horn of Africa. Trafigura will improve and expand storage capacity at Berbera Oil Terminal in phases, and will also increase the draught to accommodate larger vessels, allowing more economical imports for refined products and access to re-export markets. The company will eventually import jet fuel and LPG to meet growing local demand. It has pledged to ensure that international health and safety standards are met.

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