Ethiopian Freight Forwarders and Shipping Agents Association

EFFSAA Weekly Newsletter, Vol. 01, No. 025

Ethiopia Struggles to open Landlocked Developing Countries Advocate Group Office in Addis

It is learned that there is a strong struggle going on by Ethiopia to open the office of the organization which is established to advocate for the rights of the world’s landlocked developing countries.

Ethiopian Freight Forwarders and Shipping Agents Association (EFFSAA) is the only Association who is a member of the International Think Tank for Landlocked Developing Countries established by landlocked countries for sharing decisions to ensure that landlocked countries not to be affected by port owners. EFFSAA is also struggling for the opening the African branch office of the institution in the capital Addis Abeba.

Ethiopia, which is actively involved in such port and related matters, is also a member of the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) has been elected to lead the Logistics Association of Africa and the Middle East.

The Ethiopian Freight Forwarders and Shipping Agents Association (EFFSAA) which was established 23 years before held press conference to announce the achievement. During the session, Salahadin Khalifa former President of the Association and the current Vice Chairperson of Region Africa and Middle East said that, Ethiopia has a lot to gain from being elected to lead RAME, which is part of FIATA. He also added that, Ethiopia is not new to such opportunities and hosted the 2016 RAME conference in Addis Abeba.

President of EFFSAA – Elizabeth Getahun, said the benefits of such conferences are a great opportunity to get best practices of Logistics.

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The first YIFFYA 2021 Representative of EFFSAA has been nominated.

Ethiopian Freight Forwarders and Shipping Agents Association (EFFSAA) has announced the winner of the Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Award candidate to FIATA and TT Club.

From the registered 30 professionals 12 of them has reached to the final screening process. Accordingly, Abenet Belay won the competition and will compete on YIFFYA 2021 with other young Logistics professionals by representing EFFSAA. Tizita Aregahegne and Kalkidan Alemu stood second by scoring equal points.

The Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Award was started in 1999 in collaboration of TT Club and FIATA. It aims to encourage training in the freight forwarding industry and to further develop the professionalism of young people in the industry. The award gives the TT Club, and FIATA an opportunity to enhance the international freight forwarding industry, by investing in the young rising stars of tomorrow.

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 ‘Policy Matters’ on National Transport & Logistics Policies with Dagmawit Moges, Minister, Ministry of Transport

‘Policy Matters’ on National Transport & Logistics Policies with Dagmawit Moges, Minister, Ministry of Transport

Elizabeth Getahun, President of EFFSAA sits down with H.E Dagmawit Moges, Minister-Ministry of Transport to discuss about the national transport and Logistics Policy.

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Construction of Awash Oil Depot Link Railway Reduce Transportation Cost, Time: Officials

Construction of Awash Oil Depot Link Railway Reduce Transportation Cost, Time- Officials

The construction of Awash Oil Depot Terminal Railway connection line and unloading facilities project was commenced. The project will be constructed with an outlay of 2.18 billion Birr allocated by the government of Ethiopia and is expected to be completed in a year.
Senior federal government and regional officials presided over the ground-breaking ceremony of the construction of Awash Oil Depot Railway connection.

The project will connect the Awash-Kombolcha-Hara Gebeya-Mekelle railway line from Addis Ababa to Sebeta-Meiso-Dewole. Upon completion, the project is expected to improve the efficiency of oil transportation, which is limited by road transportation, increase energy efficiency of oil depot operations and ease the pressure of domestic oil supply across the country, it was learned.
Though the Ethio-Djibouti railway line inaugurated in 2018, it is not yet fully operational in transporting petroleum as the line remained unconnected to any depots in the country.

It is to be recalled that on December 31, 2020 Ethiopian Railways Corporation (ERC) and China’s Civil Engineering have signed a contract agreement for the construction of Awash Oil Terminal Railway connection line.

Awash petroleum depot is a hub for the national oil import, but it still using trucks to store the product imported from Djibouti.

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Dewele Trans-Border Crossing Truck Terminal was inaugurated

Dewele trans-border crossing truck terminal which is built in City Zone Ayishai woreda, was inaugurated.

The terminal was inaugurated in the presence of the Minister of Transport, Dagmawit Moges, Director General of the Federal Transport Authority, Abdissa Yadeta, Deputy Chief of the Somali Regional State, Mustefe Mohamed and other regional and federal officials.

According to Ato Yigzaw Dagnew, Director of Communication Affairs of the Ministry of Transport, the construction of the corridor terminal which handles 90 percent of import and export activities, will have of great social and economic importance. Since, lack of standardized cross-border truck terminal on the corridor connecting Ethiopia and Djibouti has resulted in a waste of time and resources, Ministry of Transport and the Federal Transport Authority, in collaboration with the Somali Regional State, have completed the construction of the first phase of the terminal at a cost of more than 71 million birr, said Ato Yigzaw.

He also added that, the construction of the terminal at a close distance from Djibouti will reduce the inconvenience and cost of cross-border vehicles. Moreover, the construction of the terminal will create job opportunities for the local community.

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Ethiopian Airlines receives 31st Dash 8-400

Ethiopian Airlines received its 31st Dash 8-400 aircraft. Ethiopian’s Dash 8-400 aircraft have transported more than 12 million passengers since introduction to the fleet in 2010 and the airline‘s network is enhanced by its strategic partnerships with ASKY Airlines, Malawi Airlines, Ethiopian Mozambique Airlines and Tchadia Airlines.

Ethiopian also plays a leading role in supporting other Dash 8 aircraft operators in the region through its operation of Dash 8 flight simulators and as an Authorized Service Facility.

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