Ethiopian Freight Forwarders and Shipping Agents Association

EFFSAA Weekly Newsletter, Vol. 01, No. 017

EFFSAA held its General Assembly

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Ethiopian Freight Forwarders and Shipping Agents Association (EFFSAA) held its General Assembly on Tuesday 8th of December, 2020 at Hyatt Regency Hotel. Various programs have been carried out at the session and the Association also signed Memorandum of Understanding with Ethiopian Customs Commission.

On his speech, H.E Commissioner Debele Kabeta highly emphasized the importance of Association’s inputs in the various documents submitted to the commission. He also acknowledged EFFSAA for its meaningful contribution. “The initiative to sign MoU originally came from EFFSAA and I believe the agreement will further strengthen the cooperation between the two institutions” said Ato Debele.

The Board Chairperson of the Association, Elizabeth Getahun, on her part said that the association has offered its professional inputs in various regulations and directives drafted by the Customs Commission and raised the recently implemented electronic customs service as an example. The president appreciated the swift action taken by the commission when EFFSAA submitted a proposal on paperless customs service. “We will strive for the betterment of Ethiopia’s logistics sector by working together.” said W/ro Elizabeth.

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An agreement which will improve customs system was signed.

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An agreement that is believed to contribute in making the Customs Commission more efficient, transparent and accessible was signed with Ethiopian Freight Forwarders and Shipping Agents Association. The agreement was signed by Customs Commissioner Debele Kabeta and the Association’s board chairperson, Elizabeth Getahun.

According to Commissioner Debele Kabeta, the agreement is expected to solve gaps on the implementation of customs procedures as well as logistics services and other gaps.

The coordination and the establishment of the conducive system will help to increase the competitiveness of the logistics sector and will help in collecting the taxes that the economy generates, said Elizabeth Getahun, Chairperson of the Board of the Association

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Ethiopia and Kenya inaugurate new border post to boost trade

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Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and his Kenyan counterpart President Uhuru Kenyatta inaugurated the Moyale One-Stop Border Post (OSBP) on Wednesday in the Kenyan town of Mayale to bolster trade. Also inaugurated is the 500-kilometer Hawassa-Hagere Mariam-Moyale Road which is part of the Trans African Highway and a key segment of Mombasa-Nairobi-Addis Ababa transport corridor.

Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed, who spoke during meetings on both sides of the border, said the new Moyale OSBP will help expedite movement of goods and persons across the Kenya-Ethiopia border. “This artificial border, in my opinion, will be dismantled with the new infrastructure. The new infrastructure will bring the two families together and tap the potential and opportunities of business and economy,” Dr Abiy said.

“In addition to facilitating trade between the two countries, the border post will also enhance mutual interactions among our people and create synergy and unity of purpose,” the President said. He added the region has huge untapped potential for trade and investment, and encouraged the local business communities to capitalize on the OSBP to boost trade and investments across the border.

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The first phase of the Daguerru Galafi road maintenance was completed

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The first phase of Daguerru-Galafi road maintenance which is hoped to improve transportation between Ethiopia and Djibouti, is completed and inaugurated. The road project is expected to play an important role in ensuring the safety of drivers on the transportation of products by heavy vehicles.

According to the embassy, ​​the first round of 20.8 km road was completed last Sunday. The road project, funded by the Japanese government, will cover a total of 100 km.

Ethiopian Ambassador to Djibouti Berhanu Tsegaye said the road renovation will reduce the time it takes for heavy and medium vehicles to be congested. He said this will enable strong economic ties between the two countries.

Maintenance of the remaining 80Km road is commenced.

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EDR lost more than 114 Million Birr due to maintenance and compensation.

Ethio-Djibouti Railway Standard Gauge S.C has lost more than 114 Million Birr. Accordingly to the safety officer of EDR Eng. Tibebu Terefe, the company has lost more than 114 million birr because of maintenance and compensation.

“The challenges faced by the railway are theft, damage to infrastructure and train delays following train accidents.” said State Minister of Transport, Awol Wegris. He added that, in the past three years, 163 trains have been hijacked and due to this the trains were suspended for more than 652 hours. Moreover, 875 animals were injured, property destruction and theft happened 961 times, 27 people were killed and 11 others were injured.

According to Eng. Tibebu, more than 7 million birr has been lost through theft and destruction alone.
State Minister Awol Wegris requested stakeholders to do their part to ensure the safety of the railway infrastructure and services.

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Ethiopian wins “African Airlines of the Year” Award

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Ethiopian Airlines won African Airlines of the Year (2020) award. The airlines got the award by winning Egypt, Kenya, South Africa and other competing airlines of the continent.

Its impressive performance in the aviation sector has led Ethiopian to win, according to World Travel Awards.
The airline has been a winner of the award for the past three consecutive years.

The Star Alliance team, of which the airline is a member, also won the “Best Airline Union of 2020” award.
UAE’s Etihad Airways been named the world’s best airline, while Dubai International Airport has been named the world’s best airline.

Ethiopian Airlines recently won the Decade of Airline Excellence Award. The award recognizes airlines’ performance and success in the face of challenging global crises.

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