Ethiopian Freight Forwarders and Shipping Agents Association

EFFSAA Weekly Newsletter, Vol. 01, No. 024

Ethiopia is elected to lead African and Middle Eastern Logistics Association.

Ethiopia is elected to lead African and Middle Eastern Logistics Association. The election to lead the association will make Ethiopia the destination of the International Logistics Exhibition Center.

According to EFFSAA president Elizabeth Getahun, the association is the only Ethiopian national representative of the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA).

This will create an opportunity for our country to be a center for international logistics conferences and exhibitions.” said W/ro Elizabeth.

She added that, the country will attract foreign direct investment, which is a good opportunity to create job opportunities. The president underlined that, this will enable Ethiopia take finest Logistics experiences from best performing countries.

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Ethiopian Ranks 7th in World Cargo Transportation

Center of Aviation announced that, Ethiopian Airlines Cargo ranks 7th in the world cargo transportation.
Ethiopian got the rank during the COVID-19 Pandemic by showing growth on the transportation of cargo.
Ethiopian Airlines is ahead of Turkish and Lufthansa Airlines, with a growth rate of 3.6 percent during the COVID-19 Pandemic. It is a major achievement for Ethiopian Airlines, which was not among the top 20 cargo transporters in the world.

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Awash-Kombolcha-Hara Gebeya Railway Line Commenced After 8 Months of Delays

The Awash-Kombolcha-Hara Gebeya railway project, which was disrupted due to compensation, has been resolved and work is underway, according to the project manager, Engineer Abdulkarim Mohammed. The Awash-Kombolcha railway line, which was part of the project and was completed in the first phase of the project due to power shortage, is nearing completion.

Engineer Abdulkarim said the construction of the second phase of the 122-kilometer railway line from Kombolcha-Hara Gebeya has been hampered by a dispute over compensation. “In general, the construction of the railway line has been disrupted for 8t months due to electricity supply and compensation,” he said.

To address the problem, the government has recently paid an additional 100 million birr in compensation to 480 farmers and the construction of the 50-kilometer line, which was disrupted in the second phase, has been underway since last month.

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Ministry Launches Online Trade Registration, Licensing System

Online trade registration and licensing system that enables the business community to apply for business registration and license services virtually from anywhere in the country and beyond was launched.

During the occasion, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Demeke Mekonnen said the online trade registration and licensing service launched by Ministry of Trade and Industry is an input to modernizing the country.

He added that the system would enable to improve the competitiveness of the business community and serve as foundation for creating internationally competent businesspeople in trade and investment. Demeke also called on stakeholders and the business community to collaborate for further improvement of the service.

Trade and Industry Minister, Melaku Alebel said the business community can now use the system to apply for registration and license services virtually from anywhere in the country and beyond using computers, mobile phones and other modern devices.

The system removes unnecessary hassles, cost, cumbersome bureaucratic procedures, and saves time for the business community, he noted.

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Shipping crisis: I’m being quoted £10,000 for a £1,600 container’

“We were paying £1,600 per container in November, this month we’ve been quoted over £10,000,” says Helen White.

A shortage of empty shipping containers in Asia and bottlenecks at the UK’s deep sea ports are behind the problems. It was hoped the backlogs could be cleared during the Chinese New Year holiday in February, but instead a coronavirus outbreak in China is adding to the uncertainty facing firms.

The bottlenecks were initially caused by a surge in imports as business activity picked up after the first wave of the pandemic. Huge shipments of PPE and the usual Christmas rush added to container volumes and ports struggled to cope.

In the UK the difficulties in international shipping have coincided with problems faced by businesses trading with the EU after Brexit. One Manchester-based freight forwarder said the logistics industry is facing the most challenging conditions he’s seen in the 17 years he’s been in the business.

Shipping lines have been trying to drive down demand from British importers by charging a premium for deliveries to the UK, or bypassing the country’s ports altogether.

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