Ethiopian Freight Forwarders and Shipping Agents Association

EFFSAA Weekly Newsletter, Vol. 01, No. 048

Green, World, Green Logistics took place at Entoto Park

Green World Green Logistics took place at Entoto Park

Ethiopian Freight Forwarders and Shipping Agents Association (EFFSAA) has joined the nationwide “Green Legacy” initiative by planting 1000 seedlings on 31st of July, 2021. On this successful program which was held under “Green World, Green Logistics”, more than 100 individuals participated from EFFSAA members and secretariat office.

EFFSAA would like to thank all concerned parties who cooperated for the accomplishment of this colorful event.

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Ethio-Djibouti railway service, which was disrupted due to security concerns, has started operating

Ethio-Djibouti railway service which was disrupted due to security concerns has started operating

The Ethio-Djibouti Railways who suspended its operation due to security concerns in the border areas of Afar and Somali regions has now resumed, according to the institute’s head of railway security, Engineer Tibebu Terefe. According to Engineer Tibebu, the passenger and freight transport service has been operational since Saturday, July 31, 2021. The service started after discussions were held with regional leaders and the local community.
The 752-kilometer Ethio-Djibouti railway line has been providing passenger and freight transport since January 2018.

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Ethiopia’s second ship is unloading more than 11,000 metric tons at the port of Berbera

Ethiopias second ship is unloading more than 11000 metric tons at the port of Berbera

The Ethiopian Shipping and Logistics Service Enterprise announced that an Ethiopian ship, Shebele, arrived at the port of Berbera with more than 11,000 metric tons of sugar and rice. Roba Megersa, CEO of ESLSE said the ship was unloading sugar and rice from India at the Ethiopian port of Berbera.

At the end of June, 20 years later, Gibe made its first voyage to the port of Berbera. During the trip, it transported 11,200 metric tons of consumer goods to the Somaliland market. Two decades ago, a multi-cargo ship Admas and Awash, oil tanker sailed for the port of Berbera.

The Ethiopian Shipping and Logistics Service Enterprise said the service launched at the port of Berbera has significantly contributed to generate foreign exchange. Gibe and Shebele ships are suitable for service in the corridor, ESLSE added.

According to Roba, Somaliland traders have shown great interest in the past and ESLSE would continue to provide services on a regular basis.

In mid-August, Gibe will ship 15,000 metric tons of rice to the port of Berbera, ESLSE said. At the port of Berbera; DP World, Somaliland and Ethiopia has 51%, 30% and 19% respectively.

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Report: Wildlife Traffickers Exploit the Maritime Shipping Industry

Report- Wildlife Traffickers Exploit the Maritime Shipping Industry

The global maritime shipping industry is being exploited by illegal wildlife traffickers, with some shipping companies not even aware they are being misused, according to a new report jointly published by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the illegal wildlife watchdog, Traffic.

With contraband animal parts often in demand far from the regions where the species are indigenous, “legitimate transport service providers, including freight forwarders, airlines, and shipping companies, may be utilized by these criminals and exposed to the risks of inadvertently being a link within illegal wildlife trade chains,” said the report

For live creatures, air carriers, courier services and sometimes even small fishing ships, are the most common transporters for traffickers, however, container shipping is the go-to-choose “for smuggling of large quantities of wildlife products such as elephant ivory, pangolin scales and timber, due to cost effectiveness, ability to ship large volumes and heavy weight, and a low likelihood of detection,” Traffic said.

Over the years, Nigeria has emerged as a key export point, while Vietnam is a major importer.

In 2019 alone, some 90 tons of pangolin scales and 15.5 tons of elephant ivory were seized on container ships heading from Africa to Asia.
To combat the Illegal trade, the report listed a number of red flags shipping companies can look out for to identify whether a shipment may be concealing contraband wildlife.

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How to cushion consumers from high maritime freight rates

How to cushion consumers from high maritime freight rates

Containerized shipping underpins the transport and delivery of global manufactured goods, including inputs, parts, components and consumer goods.
On the heels of the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath, the cost of shipping containers has reached historical highs. The cost of shipping one standard 20-foot container from Shanghai to Brazil, for example, is today nearly five times higher than the average of the last 12 years.

The surge in freight rates and surcharges in container shipping are occurring in tandem with reduced service reliability, a key performance metric for shippers and supply chain managers.

A set of COVID-19 pandemic-induced factors have combined to cause the strain on the maritime supply chain currently underway in the liner shipping industry.

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