Ethiopian Freight Forwarders and Shipping Agents Association

EFFSAA Weekly Newsletter, Vol. 02, No. 078

Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services Won 2 Awards

Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services Won 2 Awards

A total of 15 companies walked away with a prestigious Air Cargo News Award on Friday night at a grand ceremony in the UK.
Companies scooped an award based on a mix of direct voting by supply chain professionals and company submissions judged by an esteemed panel of industry experts.

Voted for winners

In the voted-for categories, Ethiopian Airlines was crowned Cargo Airline of the Year 2022, sponsored by FlyUs Aviation Group.
Moving onto the regional winners, Ethiopian Airlines also won the Best Cargo Airline – Africa award.

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2022 FIATA World Congress Kicks Off in Busan to Advance Global Cooperation In Logistic Industry

2022 FIATA World Congress kicked off on Thursday in Busan.

Logistics has made global trade possible. And industry experts are seeking even more development, which is why they’ve come to the 2022 FIATA World Congress. Since 1925, it’s served as an arena for government officials and industry insiders to expand networking opportunities.

It’s hosted by the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Association or FIATA a nongovernmental membership-based organization representing freight forwarders and logistics providers in some 150 countries.

“The so-called logistics Olympics this year’s FIATA World Congress is being held in Busan for six days. Under the theme of ‘Uniting for Global Solutions’, around 2 thousand experts from 150 countries will take part in the event to discuss ways to boost international transportation and exchange technical information between freight forwarders.”

The industry has been facing challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic including supply chain disruption. However, the pandemic has also brought positive change, too, such as the development of more non-face-to-face services and cross-border e-commerce.

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ESLSE’s Jigjiga Vessel Marks New Record in Containerized Cargo

The Ethiopian Shipping and Logistics Services Enterprise (ESLSE) vessel sets a new record on containerized cargo shipment to Berbera Port.
It is recalled that ESLSE’s vessels commenced regular scheduled liner service at the Berbera Port, Somaliland starting from July 2021. The dock of the Ethiopian vessel was the first after 20 years. Since the commencement of regular operation, the Ethiopian vessels have been providing significant services to customers in the neighboring state.

As per the latest information obtained from Roba Megeresa, CEO of ESLSE, the Jigjiga vessel, one of the 11 vessels ESLSE’s owns, has been docked at Berbera with a record of container consignment.

“Last week, Jigjiga docked at the Berbera Port with 758 Somaliland’s containerized cargos, which is a very huge consignment that was never serviced at the port not only by our flag carriers but also for those who are dominant on the global containerized cargo operation,” Roba explained.

The CEO reminded that his vessels had been transporting about 200 containerized cargos to Somaliland which have now been spiking as he stated, “This has immense meaning for the sector.”

“Our vessels market has widened,” he added.

Experts on the sector stated that operating with containerized shipment has been a lucrative business for the shipping lines. Since ESLSE expanded its container box possession, it has stated that the operation of containerized cargo has expanded massively.

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South Sudan acquires Djibouti port land for imports, exports

South Sudan has acquired three acres of land at the port of Djibouti for the construction of a facility to handle the import and exportation of goods initially channeled through Mombasa port in Kenya.

The Vice President and Chairperson for Infrastructure Development Cluster, Taban Deng Gai said he was directed to travel with officials from relevant ministries and departments for talks with authorities in Ethiopia and Djibouti.

He said South Sudan intends to construct a facility to handle its import and export goods as Juba seeks to cut reliance on Mombasa and Port Sudan.
According to Gai, Bahr el Ghazal region is closer to Djibouti than to Mombasa port.

He said proper road networks will boost exportation of South Sudan resources to international markets, including crude oil from the oil fields.

President Salva Kiir directed Gai and his team to engage the governments of Djibouti and Ethiopia to enable South Sudan access the port of Djibouti.

Landlocked South Sudan is reportedly the second country in terms of cargo throughput volumes at the Mombasa port, accounting for 9.9% of transit volumes.

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Suez Canal Authority to Raise Transit Fees by 15% In 2023

Egypt plans to raise fees for ships passing through the Suez Canal by 15% in 2023, the canal authority’s chairman Osama Rabie said.

Transit fees for bulk and tourist ships will be raised by 10%, Rabie added.

The fee increase will be applied starting Jan. 1, 2023.

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China’s Largest Ports Suspend Operations before Typhoon Mufia

China’s major seaports are preparing for what could be a direct hit from the 12th typhoon of the season, but unlike last week’s storm, this one is expected to make landfall near the busy ports of Shanghai and the Ningbo-Zhoushan. The ports had already been reporting delays and it is expected that the current storm, Typhoon Mufia, could disrupt operations for several days both at the ports and inland transportation.

China ordered all ships to take shelter with the large containerships told to head to sea in advance of the storm. State media is reporting that more than 7,000 ships are taking shelter with operations in all the ports expected to begin closing on Tuesday evening and be suspended all day on Wednesday. Forecasters are warning that the waves at Shanghai could reach 16 feet.

The storm comes at a time when Shanghai in particular has been reporting strong throughput volumes. On September 8, Chinese officials said that Shanghai set a new one-day record handling 160,058 TEU in 24 hours. That was 1,200 more TEU than the prior daily record of 158,858 TEU in 2021. At the end of the first eight months of the year, Shanghai is slightly ahead of 2021 volume with a throughput of just over 31 million TEU. The increase in volumes comes despite the port being impacted by COVID-19 related lockdowns for much of May this year. The Ningbo-Zhoushan complex in May set a new monthly record of approximately 3.3 million TEU.

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