Ethiopian Freight Forwarders and Shipping Agents Association

EFFSAA Weekly Newsletter, Vol. 01, No. 013

Ethiopia Partakes in African Ports Forum

A high level Ethiopian delegation is participating in the African Ports Forum in Djibouti. Aimed at strengthening partnerships, the Forum is hoped to facilitate the necessary platform to ensure that essential operations and trade could continue in the realm of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Making its theme, “African ports in the Age of Alliance,” the two day long forum mainly covers rubrics like the intra-African exchanges for development, digitization, connectivity and logistics.

State Minister of Transport Awol Wagais, Ethiopian Ambassador to Djibouti, Berhanu Tsegaye as well as scores of Ethiopian officials are participating along with high level authorities, port agencies, maritime transport operators from Djibouti and other African countries in the Forum.

As the lion share of Ethiopia’s import/export goods and commodities passed via the Djibouti Port, the two countries have continued to commit themselves to further bolster their strategic ties in road, railway, port as well as other areas deemed to help facilitate smooth and effective joint operations.

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Ethiopian Wins Overall Excellence for Outstanding Crisis Leadership 2020 Award


Ethiopian Airlines Group has won the ‘Overall Excellence for Outstanding Crisis Leadership 2020 Award’ from Global Finance magazine.

The award recognizes companies that went above and beyond in responding to the global pandemic crisis and in assisting their customers, protecting their employees and providing critical support to society at large.

Ethiopian reconfigured 25 passenger airplanes for cargo only flights and availed the remaining passenger airplanes for repatriation of stranded people to connect with their loved ones back home, the CEO added.
Ethiopian, which operated over 360 charter cargo flights and carried medical supplies to over 80 countries besides reuniting more than 63,000 citizens of different countries, is among the global airlines which played a leading role in transporting medical supplies and stranded people after COVID-19 struck.

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156 Wagons Allocated to the Transport Service by the Company.


Ethio-Djibouti Railways SC allocated new container wagons to the transport service.

Of the 200 wagons of EDR manufactured in China, 156 container wagons started the transportation service. “The remaining 44 will be handed over to the company soon.” said Teshome Eshete-Chief Operation Officer of EDR. The wagons are transported from China and are now in Djibouti. It is said that, the wagons are expected to increase freight transportation to Djibouti by four trips a day from its previous record two trips a day.

“We are working hard to transport up to 25 percent of the Addis Ababa based import and export cargo by rail,” Teshome said.

The railway service is being chosen by traders due to its reasonable price, short delivery time and 85% of our grain and coffee exports are being transported through rail.” added the COO.

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Ethiopian Readies 21 Cargo Freighters to Transport COVID-19 Vaccine


Ethiopian Airlines announced that it has readied 21 cargo freighters that transport COVID-19 vaccine across the world.

Ethiopian Cargo Managing Director Fitsum Abadi said a total of 21 cargo freighters, including 777, 787 and converted Air Bus 350, are ready to transport the desperately awaited vaccine. “We are prepared on the ground with state-of-the-art facilities and on the air with brand new aircrafts,” he added.

The vaccine needs up to -78 degree Celsius storage during transportation, the cargo managing director said, adding that “this is very tough to handle in the entire world; but knowing this in advance we are prepared.”

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Russia to Open Nuclear Warship Logistics Hub in Sudan


Russia plans to open a military logistics hub for nuclear warships in Sudan, according to a draft deal that also allows Russia to ferry weapons in and out of the volatile northeast African country.

Under the draft deal published on the government website, the Russian Navy will station up to four warships, including those with nuclear capabilities, and up to 300 service members in a Sudanese port. The yet-to-be-signed agreement also allows Russia to send weapons, ammunition and supplies for the warships and exempts Russia from import duty and inspection. In exchange, Russia will provide Sudan free assistance in search-and-rescue operations and support in ant sabotage efforts.

The agreement states that Russia’s logistics hub “is defensive and not directed against other countries” and “meets the goals of maintaining peace and stability in the region.” Russia and Sudan signed a seven-year military cooperation deal in May 2019.

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Frontline Warriors Prep Up for COVID-19 Vaccine Delivery


“Besides the Humanitarian Delivery Flight programme, Boeing has made charitable investments in Africa this year of nearly $1 million across eight countries” Fitsum Abadi, Managing Director of Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics Services

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Angola, Country that could become Logistics Hub for Southern Africa


The Republic of Angola ranks 159 out of 160 countries in the 2018 Logistics Performance Index (LPI). However, Angola seems like a country with a very bright logistics future as it has enough resources to build them. It holds opportunities to become a logistics hub due to how it is positioned in the Atlantic Ocean and the presence of mineral-rich landlocked countries around it.

According to the IMF, Angola is the 5th largest economy in sub-Saharan Africa after it fell down two positions to Kenya and Ethiopia very recently. The country’s economy depends heavily on its oil reserves with 97 percent of total merchandise exports coming from it.

With 1,600 kilometres of Atlantic Ocean coastline, Angola has at least five major seaports that connect it to the rest of the world. The Port of Luanda in its capital city is the biggest of all with an average throughput of 802,112 TEUs between 2010 and 2019. The port handles exports like petroleum, diamonds, fisheries and iron ore. Lobito port is the second-largest port in the country, with heavy Chinese investment.

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