Ethiopian Freight Forwarders and Shipping Agents Association

EFFSAA Weekly Newsletter, Vol. 02, No. 062

The Rest 2 Training Programs Completed Successfully.

The Rest 2 Training Programs Completed Successfully

Warehouse Management & Consolidation, Deconsolidation and Staffing training program which took 20 and 24 hours respectively completed.

Both programs along with the previously delivered Dry Port Management training for 20 hours were designed under a special “Capacity Building” program which was organized by Ethiopian Freight Forwarders and Shipping Agents Association (EFFSAA) in collaboration with Trademark East Africa (TMEA) and conducted from 13th – 29th December 2021.

Warehouse Management training program which was delivered from 20th – 24th of December 2021 had a total of 21 professionals. On the other side, a training delivered about Consolidation, Deconsolidation and Staffing which was held from 23rd – 29th December 2021 also had 25 trainees which came from different governmental and private organizations including EFFSAA members.

After the end of all training programs, trainees visited Ethiopian Shipping and Logistics Services Enterprise Modjo dry port on Thursday December 30, 2021 which EFFSAA believed that it helped all to entwine the theoretical knowledge with that of the practical one.

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Ethiopia Launches First Freight Transport Management System

Ethiopia’s first Integrated Freight Transport Management System (IFTMS) has been launched. The project is developed by the Ministry of Transport and Logistics together with the Ministry of Innovation and Technology.

This was revealed by Dagmawit Moges, Ethiopia’s Minister of Transport and Logistics. The system provides an end-to-end solution for freight transport operator’s registration and renewal, competency service provision, cross border entry permit for drivers and assistants. This, the minister, termed as “a new chapter” in Ethiopia’s freight transport.

She assured that modernization initiatives would continue in transport and logistics. The policy of the government is to provide quality, efficient, and transparent service to Ethiopian citizens.

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Ethiopian Airlines Receives IATA’s Certificate of Excellence in Logistics

Ethiopian Airlines Receives IATA’s Certificate of Excellence in Logistics

Ethiopian Airlines has received IATA’s Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (CEIV Pharma) certification as an airline and ground handling in December 2021.

Ethiopian Airlines is the first airline in Africa to receive the CEIV pharma certification, according to a press release of the airline.
The certification would enable to improve the airline’s goal in providing efficient and effective transportation of pharmaceuticals throughout its pharma networks, it was learned.

With an annual capacity of more than a million tons, Ethiopian global air cargo and logistics hub in Addis Ababa has various special cargo handling facilities like Pharma and Life Science, Live Animals, Perishable cargo, live sea food and dangerous goods, the press release of the airline stated.

Ethiopian has invested heavily in infrastructure, equipment, people, system and processes to enhance its pharmaceutical core handling capabilities throughout its pharma network in recent years.

Cold storage areas in these freight facilities are dedicated for the handling of pharmaceuticals and healthcare products, armed with a dedicated climate control ranging between -30OC to +25OC.

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Kenya Opens New Shipyard Facility in Mombasa

Kenya Opens New Shipyard Facility in Mombasa

Kenya is looking to tap into the lucrative shipbuilding and repair business after commissioning of the new Kenya Shipyards Limited facility in the port city of Mombasa.

The East Africa nation says that the new yard will have the capacity to handle vessels of more than 4,000 tonnes and 150 meters in length. It is a strategic infrastructure asset, enabling the country tap into the multi-billion-dollar global shipbuilding and repair market.

“The key sub-sectors of the blue economy, which include maritime transport and logistics, fisheries, as well as ship-building and repair, represent low hanging fruits that must be exploited,” said President Uhuru Kenyatta at the facility’s commissioning.

The new KSL Mombasa Shipyard facility has the country’s longest slipway for construction, repair, refitting and maintenance. It also has two ship-building hangers, one 150 meters long and 30 meters high and a smaller one 120 meters long, 20 meters high and 13 meters wide. The shipyard has four main workshops – an electronic repair workshop, a marine and general engineering workshop, a fitting and carpentry workshop and a hull and superstructure repair workshop. The country has already trained teams of specialized workers in ship fitting and welding to meet the yard’s labor needs.

The new yard is one component of Kenya’s plan to boost its status as a regional maritime hub. It follows the operationalization of Lamu port in May. The new port’s first three berths were constructed at a cost of $367 million. The Kisumu Port on Lake Victoria has also been refurbished at a cost of $30 million.

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China Floats First 24,000 TEU Boxship Built for Evergreen

China Floats First 24,000 TEU Boxship Built for Evergreen

China’s Hudong Zhonghua Shipbuilding, a division of CSSC, floated Evergreen Line’s newest containership which is being called the world’s largest containership based on rated capacity. The new ship, named Ever Alot, is the same dimensions as the previous class of ultra-large containerships built by Samsung, but features a design developed by the Chinese shipbuilder and will have a rated capacity of 24,004 TEU compared to the 23,992 of the Ever Ace introduced in the summer of 2021.

The order for the vessel was initially placed in November 2019 with CSSC calling for four ships and expanded in June 2021 to the current six ships. Hudong Zhonghua was assigned the task of designing the vessels and building the lead ship of the class.

The vessels were designed using the latest green principles to maximize efficiency. Built following TIER III specifications, the vessels will reportedly be high efficiency and energy saving. Employing Hudong’s bulbous bow design, large-diameter propellers, and energy-saving ducts, the ship will have advantages of speed and low energy consumption. They are also being outfitted with hybrid scrubber desulfurization devices.

Like the other vessels of the A-class, the newer Ever Alot will measure 1,312 feet in length with a 202-foot beam. The total height will be 109 feet. The Ever Ace is 241,960 dwt and the new vessel is expected to have a similar tonnage.

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Asia’s Giant Free-Trade Agreement Enters into Force

Asia's Giant Free-Trade Agreement Enters into Force

January 1, 2021 saw the ushering in of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the world’s largest multilateral trade agreement. The RCEP covers 15 states, including 10 ASEAN members, China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Australia, and New Zealand. Their combined population is about 2.3 billion people, about 30 percent of the world total, with an overall GDP of $28.5 trillion.

“The economic size of the emerging bloc and its trade dynamism will make it a center of gravity for global trade,” noted the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in a study published in mid-December. “In the current context of the pandemic, the entry into force of RCEP can also serve an additional purpose: trade resilience.”

At the core of RCEP are tariff concessions, with the members due to eventually eliminate levies on more than 90 percent of goods traded within the bloc. This will particularly benefit three regional giants, China, Japan and South Korea, which are now connected by a free trade agreement for the first time.

The UNCTAD study estimated that tariff concessions by RCEP participants will increase exports within the region by two percent compared with the 2019 level, or about $41.8 billion, by diverting trade away from non-member economies and spurring new trade inside the bloc.

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Chinese Seaports Report Big Gains Despite COVID Disruption

Chinese Seaports Report Big Gains Despite COVID Disruption

The trade boom of 2021 has been kind to seaports in China, which are reporting significant average growth, particularly in the container segment.

Official statistics suggest that China’s seaports have handled a cumulative 14 billion tonnes of cargo over the year through November, up seven percent compared with 2020. The nation’s gigantic container ports handled a cumulative 260 million TEU worth of containers for domestic and international trade – equivalent to 26 times the annual throughput of the Port of Los Angeles, the busiest container port in the United States.

Shanghai, a mega-port with multiple terminal complexes, handled an estimated 47 million TEU over the full course of 2021 – a new record, and easily enough to solidify its status as the world’s busiest container port for the 12th year running.

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Best of 2021: Pakistan’s key CPEC Port a Long Way from Trade Hub Vision

Best of 2021: Pakistan’s key CPEC Port a Long Way from Trade Hub Vision

There are big plans for Pakistan’s southern coastal city of Gwadar. Pakistan and China are making a considerable effort – and pledging close to USD 700 million in investment – to transform what was once a sleepy fishing town into a vibrant trade hub, complete with a seaport, airport, major road connections and a trade zone. But the pace of development is slow, and business even slower.

A visit in April this year revealed that the only real activity at Gwadar port was undertaken by two small crabs, which had made a gargantuan effort to haul themselves up from the crystal-clear water of the Arabian Sea onto the dock. The towering blue and red cranes, brought there to load and unload shipping containers, were still.

The port is the crown jewel of the USD 62 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which connects China’s western Xinjiang province to the Arabian Sea. It is where both countries hope the logistics of incoming and outgoing cargo will be handled for an international market.

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