Ethiopian Freight Forwarders and Shipping Agents Association

EFFSAA Weekly Newsletter, Vol. 02, No. 057

EFFSAA received the Delegation of Nigeria Customs Command & Staff College

EFFSAA received the Delegation of Nigeria Customs Command & Staff College

Ethiopian Freight Forwarders and Shipping Agents Association (EFFSAA) held talks with the delegation of Nigeria Customs Command & Staff College.
EFFSAA warmly received the delegation which has 13 members and who came along with the members of Ethiopian Customs Commission on Thursday 28th of October 2021 at its conference hall. After a welcoming note and an opening speech delivered by Ato Sielesh Kassie, member of EFFSAA Board of Directors & Port and Multimodal Affairs Technic Committee and W/ro Abeba Kiros, Directorate Director of Strategic Partnership of Ethiopian Customs Commission, a brief introduction was conducted between the participants.

The overall activities and other related aspects of EFFSAA was presented by Ato Anteneh Alemu, member of the Board of Directors and Chairperson of Customs Technic Committee of the Association. Following Ato Anteneh’s presentation, discussion was held between the delegation and the board members of the Association.

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EFFSAA Commenced the 11th Round FIATA Diploma Training

Ethiopian Freight Forwarders and Shipping Agents Association (EFFSAA) began the 4th weekend training session on Saturday 23rd of October 2021.

The program which comprises 23 trainees with various academic background and work experience is the 11th round training session to the Association.

Alike all running classes, the newly commenced class also implements all the COVID-19 prevention protocols set by FDRE Ministry of Health.

It is to be recalled that, EFFSAA has 3 active classes in 2 evening and 1 weekend session. The currently started class will be the 2nd weekend program for this year.

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Ethiopian Launches First Sea-Air Cargo

The first Sea-Air Cargo Operation that discharges 17 tons of electronic and home appliances from Shenzen to Lagos & Kano in Nigeria via Djibouti is launched.

According to Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the first Sea-Air Cargo Operation was launched with the presence of the Chairperson of Djibouti Ports and Free zone Authority, Aboubaker Omar Hadi, a diplomat from Ethiopian Embassy in Djibouti, Beneyam Ephrem, Area Manager of Ethiopian Airlines as well as other important stakeholders in the supply chain.

Djibouti Free Zone as Sea-Air Cargo is a new milestone for Ethiopian Airlines, it added.

As the leading air cargo service provider in Africa, Ethiopian Airlines, coupled with the competitive geo-strategic advantage Djibouti has, this project, when fully operational, will double the cargo operation of the Airlines and make Djibouti a hub for sea-Air cargo logistics.

Sea-Air cargo project that is twice as fast as the sea only and twice as cheap as the Air only transportation would massively scale up trade relations between the two countries as well as between the two continents; Africa and Asia; in particular China.

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Ethiopian raises prices for dry cargo

Ethiopian Airlines Cargo announces an increase in dry cargo service and the charge will be implemented starting from Monday 1st of November 2021. The rate increases to USD 0.40 from USD 0.21 in 1KG.

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Ministry Begins Issuing Permits to Cross-Border Freighters

The Ministry of Transport & Logistics has begun providing permits to cross-border freight operators. The mandate was previously handled by the Federal Transport Authority (FTA), which is one of dozens of public institutions that are being folded as part of the government restructuring process under the administration of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD). In a proclamation approved by the parliament, all duties and responsibilities of the FTA were transferred to the Ministry. The latter has now begun operations following the completion of necessary preparation works. The number of cargo vehicles registered in the country has reached over 226,000, according to the Ministry.

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Shipping Lines vies to develop Dry Ports

The Ethiopian Shipping and Logistics Service Enterprise (ESLSE) is undertaking a feasibility study to develop two dry ports in Jimma and Jigjiga, each costing around one billion birr, The Reporter learnt.

The study is being conducted in collaboration with the Ethiopian Maritime Affairs Authority (EMAA).

According to a study conducted a few years back, Ethiopia needs 35 dry ports. Nonetheless, currently, only eight are operational, after Mekelle Dry Port went out of service following the conflict that broke out in the region in November 2020.

Dire Dawa, Modjo, Hawassa (under-construction), Kombolcha, Woreta (became operational recently), Mekelle (currently defunct), and Semera are the operational dry ports developed by the government. However, Modjo handles the lion’s share of shipments targeting the central market.

Currently, the Logistics Transformation Office (LTO) formed under the Ethiopian Maritime Affairs Authority (EMAA), is finalizing a comprehensive logistics master plan indicating where dry ports, logistics centers, consolidation-deconsolidation areas, warehouse and other facilities should be located.

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MSC Won ‘Best Shipping Line, Asia – Europe’ At 2021 Asian Freight, Logistics & Supply Chain Awards

MSC has been declared the ‘Best Shipping Line, Asia – Europe’ at the 2021 Asian Freight, Logistics & Supply Chain Awards (AFLAS) ceremony, held last week in Hong Kong.

This is the first year MSC has won this award, after having won ‘Best Shipping Line, Asia – Africa’ for the past two years.

The Asia – Europe is a major trade and one of the most important trades globally, where MSC offers a comprehensive network of services, and it is also the trade where the company’s largest and most energy efficient vessels are deployed. MSC also has a strong European short-sea network to complement its deep-sea services on this trade, offering extensive coverage of ports and inland connections in Europe.

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