Ethiopian Freight Forwarders and Shipping Agents Association

EFFSAA Weekly Newsletter, Vol. 02, No. 084

14th Round FIATA Diploma Training Started

Ethiopian Freight Forwarders and Shipping Agents Association started the 5th weekend class of FIATA diploma program in international freight forwarding.

With a variety of academic and professional backgrounds, the 14th cycle of the FIATA Diploma training program, which began on December 17, 2022, comprises 30 trainees.

At this time, the Association has a total of four classes in its evening and weekend programs.

EFFSAA has been delivering FIATA diploma training program in Ethiopia since 2017 and is the only representative of the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) in Ethiopia.

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The Tale of Two Logistics Corridors

The Ethiopian Customs Commission allows trucks to cross the borders to Djibouti with verified documents, approved by Parliament in 2008. The document contains data on the type of freight, license plate, the driver’s name and address, and the route it is allowed to cross.

Officers at the Dewale customs checkpoint, under the supervision of the Dire-Dewa Customs Commission, issued a notice two months ago to drivers forewarning penalties for crossing the border without an authorised document. Nonetheless, many prefer this route over the Galafi crossing.

“We feel safe crossing through Dewale,” said Tesfaye Argaw, a truck driver under Yegna Freight Association. “The road is not as difficult as Galafi.”

The risks to life were recurrent in three areas: Adaytu of Mille, Undufo of Gewane, and Gedamaytu of Arambia weredas in the Afar Regional State. Essential locations along the highway, such as grazing lands and water, including the Awash River, are sources of contention between communities in Afar and Somali regional states. The watercourse is immensely valuable for pastoralist communities of both regions who rely on it during the dry season.

In the one year beginning 2021, 35 trucks were hit by robbers, leaving 20 drivers injured. Twelve drivers were killed. The following year, seven drivers were injured and one was killed four months ago. However, the situation has improved considerably; no deaths or injuries have been reported since. Regional prosecutors have charged 35 people suspected of involvement, where conviction led to the sentencing of some defendants to 15 years imprisonment.

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Dire Dawa Dry Port Handling More Than 150 Trucks Daily

The modern dry port built to facilitate the activities of the Dire Dawa Free Trade Zone has already begun handling of more than 150 trucks on daily basis, according to the Ethiopian Shipping and Logistics Service Enterprise (ESLSE).

Chief Executive Officer of ESLSE, Roba Megersa told the Free Trade Zone is a platform that can help bring suppliers and customers together. He said as one of the services provided inside the free trade zone is logistics and the government has built a state of the art dry port with a view to realizing this objective. With this, there will be logistics infrastructure facilities to provide free trade services in the Free Trade Zone, he added.

Logistics time and cost reduction, efficiency, growth in trade competitiveness, attracting FDI, impact on urbanization and industrialization, and boosting the entire economy are among the benefits to be attained from Dire Dawa Free Trade Zone, it was learned.

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