Ethiopian Freight Forwarders and Shipping Agents Association

EFFSAA Weekly Newsletter, Vol. 01, No. 045

Ethiopia, Kenya and South Sudan have signed ToR for the Establishment of a Steering Committee for LAPSSET Program.

Ethiopia, Kenya and South Sudan have signed a term of reference for the Establishment of a Steering Committee for the Lamu Port, South Sudan, Ethiopia Transport Corridor (LAPSSET) Program. The Steering Committee will give strategic direction & support implementation of the LAPSSET program across the three footprint countries. It will also oversee the fast-tracking of the implementation of LAPSSET Corridor Program. The Steering Committee will give strategic direction & support implementation of the LAPSSET program across the three footprint countries. It will also oversee the fast-tracking of the implementation of LAPSSET Corridor Program.

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From graduations to international trade and transport marathons, FIATA members carry on

The Ethiopian Freight Forwarders and Shipping Agents Association (EFFSAA) achieved one of its greatest accomplishments in warmly conducting the graduation ceremony of FIATA Diploma trainees. This colourful programme, which was held in April 2021, marked highest number of graduates in EFFSAA’s history. A total of 158 graduates earned their diploma, with 80 amongst them from a Young Logisticians Training Programme, a special initiative supported financially by GIZ. High-level government officials, members of EFFSAA, trainers, guests and the media attended the ceremony. Salahadin Khalifa, former EFFSAA President and the current Vice Chair of RAME, delivered the closing remarks on behalf of FIATA.

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Kenya in Ethiopia to seek LAPSSET project support

Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of East African Community and Regional Development, Adam Mohamed said: “The coming together of Kenya, Ethiopia and South-Sudan to develop the corridor is an enable towards the mutual social-economic development and integration of our people and the continent.”

The entire corridor project includes a 23-berth port (Lamu), Standard Gauge Railway line and a highway connecting the three countries. It will also see the construction of an oil refinery, three airports including the expansion of Manda airstrip in Lamu and construction of resort cities in Lamu, Isiolo and Lake Turkana shores. It creates a new corridor running from Lamu into Ethiopia and South Sudan, the second major transport and transit corridor in the country, after the Northern Corridor, which is a multi-modal trade route linking the landlocked countries of the Great Lakes Region with the port of Mombasa.

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Truckers hit as cargo volumes decline at Mombasa port

A decline in cargo at the port of Mombasa has hit freighters who have seen 40 percent of the trucks parked due to lack of business.

The slowing demand for ferrying cargo has also affected freight charges with the cost of transport to Kampala dropping by 17 percent, according to the Kenya Transporters Association (KTA).

KTA chief executive officer Dennis Ombok said they are now charging as low as $2,000 down from $2,400 with the decline attributed to sluggish demand.

Traders have attributed the sharp increase to a global shortage that has seen countries across the world grapple with getting empty containers for use.

A significant percentage of goods on the shelves of retail stores in Kenya are shipped in from China and other Far East countries.

These goods include electronics such as mobile phones and television sets and their accessories, utensils, furniture, electrical appliances, clothes and prefabricated buildings not to mention capital-intensive ones such as heavy machinery.

Kenya is hugely reliant on China for basic household supplies.

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