Ethiopian Freight Forwarders and Shipping Agents Association

EFFSAA Weekly Newsletter, Vol. 01, No. 031

Kombolcha New Dry Port Coming Through

Kombolcha New Dry Port Coming Through

The Ethiopian Shipping and Logistics Services Enterprise (ESLSE) announced it has finalized preparations to construct a new dry port at Kombolcha with an estimated cost of 1.5 billion Birr.

The Shipping Enterprise has been undertaking a feasibility study to relocate its existing dry port in Kombolcha town, which has been active for over a decade and build a new one that is adjacent Kombolcha Industry Park and the railway line that crosses the town.

The dry port is expected to be completed in two years, while the cost of the construction will be covered by ESLSE.

“Based on the feasibility study, constructing a new dry port that is near the Park, the airport and the new railway is crucial and will help facilitate imports and exports of goods,” said Roba Megersa, CEO of the Enterprise.

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Ethiopia and Djibouti Discussed Ways to Further Improve the Ethio-Djibouti Railway.

Ethiopia and Djibouti have discussed ways to further improve the Ethio-Djibouti railway.

Finance Minister Ahmed Shede paid a two-days visit to Djibouti. During the visit, he held talks with Abubakar Omar Hadi, Chairman of the International and Free Trade Zone of Djibouti Ports. The Minister discussed the challenges and solutions faced by the Ethio-Djibouti Railway Company.

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44 Projects Identified for Private Sector Investment.

44 projects in the area of transport and logistics have been identified for private sector investment said the Ministry of Transport. According to W/ro Dagmawit Moges, 44 projects that can be carried out in Ethiopia by the collaboration of private and public investors have been identified.

The projects have reportedly completed a feasibility study in the transport and logistics sectors. The forum will discuss about the identified 44 projects in the areas of road development, road transport, logistics, railways and air transport.

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Logistics Performance of Ethiopia and National Logistics Transformation Council.

The National Logistics Transformation Council which comprises Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Trade and Industry, National Bank of Ethiopia, Ethiopian Customs Commission, Investment Commission and Ethiopian Logistics Community of Practice has shown improvements said Ministry of Transport.

“By using different intervention mechanism, around half a billion Birr was saved during the last six months. And we’re preparing to evaluate the Logistics Performance Index of Ethiopia by the end of this year” said Dagmawit Modes-Minister Ministry of Transport.

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Berbera Port Receives State-of-The-Art Container Cranes

Berbera Port Receives State-of-The-Art Container Cranes

Somaliland’s Berbera Port received three new ship-to-shore container cranes – the first of their kind in the region.

The arrival of the STS cranes, according to the CEO of the Port Authority, Saeed Hassan Abdullahi, makes Berbera port ready to take up its role as a competent African hub for trade inbound to landlocked Africa and the region, in general.

The CEO said the cranes make the scheduled opening of the new face-lifted port a reality.

Berbera seaport, located along one of the busiest trade sea routes of the Gulf of Aden, has already received a full battery of eight rubber-tired gantry cranes from Liebherr as part of the development work the Dubai-based international ports manager, DP World, has financed.

DP World and the republic of Somaliland signed a 30-year contract in 2017 to develop and manage the key Red Sea port of Berbera. Liebherr signed a deal with DP World in March 2020, to supply Berbera Port with the eight RTG cranes that have now arrived.

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