Ethiopian Freight Forwarders and Shipping Agents Association

EFFSAA Weekly Newsletter, Vol. 01, No. 023

Ethiopia, Djibouti Ink Joint Cargo, Freight Transportation Agreement

The Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) and the Djibouti Ports and Free Zones Authority (DPFZA) have agreed on Wednesday to launch a freight transport service. The agreement aimed to facilitate a smooth and efficient transition of goods in Africa, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia.

The agreement anticipates expedited cargo and freight transportation of more than 400,000 tons of items from China to African countries via Djibouti.

If successful, the agreement will help the Ethiopian Airline double its existing cargo service, it was indicated.
Ethiopian ambassador to Djibouti Berhanu Tsegaye, the Chairman of Djibouti Ports and Free Zones Authority, Aboubaker Omar Hadi, representatives of Ethiopian and Djibouti Airlines, officials from Chinese-Merchant, and stakeholders attended the signing ceremony.

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Dichoto-Galafi Junction Beleho Concrete Road Completed and operational

The 78 Km Dichoto-Galafi Junction–Elidar–Belho Cement Concrete road has been completed and officially inaugurated.

The construction of the project was undertaken by Defense Construction Enterprise with more than 2.4 billion Birr cost fully covered by the Government of Ethiopia. Due to the high temperature of weather in the area, the road is made of cement concrete to enhance the weather resistance and service life, it was learned.

Dichoto-Galafi Junction – Elidar – Belho road will enable Ethiopia to use the new Tadjoura port as an alternative and ease the traffic congestion at the port of Djibouti.

Senior federal and regional state officials are expected to attend the official launch and inauguration of the two projects, ministry of transport indicated.

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Road Construction Connecting Ethiopia with Asseb Port Began

Road Construction Connecting Ethiopia with Asseb Port Began

The construction of Melodoni Junction-Manda-Bure road project that connects Ethiopia with Eritrea’s Port of Asseb was officially commenced, according to Ministry of Transport.

The new road project is expected to play a crucial role in facilitating Ethiopia’s export trade as it connects the country with Asseb Port. The road will also help resume people to people interactions of the two countries that had been disrupted for years, it added.

The construction of this 71.65 Km long road will be carried out by a foreign contractor, Shandong Liquino Group with a cost of more than 2 billion Birr allocated by the government of Ethiopia.

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The First Phase of Dichoto Cross-Border Truck Terminal Inaugurated and Began Operating.

The first phase of the Dichoto cross-border truck terminal, built in the Afar region near the Djibouti border, has been completed and opened. The terminal is built on 12 hectares of land and can accommodate more than 750 vehicles.

The terminal is officially inaugurated with the presence of W/ro Dagmawit Moges – Minister, Ministry of Transport, Ato Awol Arba – President of Afar Regional State, Members of Urban Development Construction and Transport Affairs Technical Committee House of Peoples Representatives and high officials of the transport sector.

According to the Transport Minister, the main purpose of the construction of the terminal is to streamline the freight logistics service in the Ethio-Djibouti corridor, transport both import and export cargoes on time and minimize the vulnerability of Drivers to COVID-19. The terminal will create job opportunities for the locals in addition to the benefits of facilitating freight services, added W/ro Dagmawit.

On the other side, the strategic location of the terminal makes the Dichoto cross-border truck terminal unique as it will allow to use of the new Tadjoura port and Assab port in the future in addition to the existing port of Djibouti, she said.

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