Ethiopian Freight Forwarders and Shipping Agents Association

EFFSAA Weekly Newsletter, Vol. 02, No. 090

FIATA’s Director General Visit to Ethiopia

FIATAs Director General Visit to Ethiopia
FIATAs Director General Visit to Ethiopia

Stéphane Graber (PhD) is the first Director General of FIATA to visit Ethiopian Freight Forwarders and Shipping Agents Association (EFFSAA), Association member of FIATA.

The DG visited Addis Abeba for two main reasons. The first is to take part in the 2023 FIATA Air Cargo Global Program meeting. This meeting, which has never taken place in a FIATA member state previously, is being organized by the Airfreight Institute (AFI) of FIATA.

The second purpose of Dr. Graber’s visit to Ethiopia is intended to assess Ethiopia’s capabilities and hold conversations with pertinent government representatives as Ethiopia bids to host the FIATA World Congress (FWC) and the 100th anniversary celebration of FIATA in Addis Abeba in 2026. Our association qualified to the final round along with national associations from England and Italy, and we are currently awaiting the results.

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Ethiopia Hosted the First Meeting of FIATA Air Cargo Global Program 2023

Ethiopia Hosted the First Meeting of FIATA Air Cargo Global Program 2023
Ethiopia Hosted the First Meeting of FIATA Air Cargo Global Program 2023

The first meeting of FIATA Air Cargo Global Program 2023, organized by the Airfreight Institute of FIATA, took place in Addis Abeba.

The session which happened from 29-30 July 2023, brought together FIATA representatives to the IATA-FIATA Consultative Council (IFCC), representing all world regions to further advance the work towards a comprehensive Global Air Cargo Programme.

Dr. Stéphane Graber, Director General of FIATA, and Ato Dawit Woubishet, Chairman of the Airfreight Institute of FIATA, gave a media briefing before the meeting. The press conference got news coverage from several print and broadcast media outlets.

On its opening, the Minister of FDRE Ministry of Transport and Logistics, H.E Dr. Alemu Sime, Managing Director of Ethiopian Airlines Cargo, Ato Abel Alemu and the President of EFFSAA, W/ro Elizabeth Getahun were present.

It is expected that Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as a strategic location in the region for airfreight operations, will provide an opportunity for FIATA to better understand the needs of the African region towards such global air cargo Programme.

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Maritime Authority Prepares to Put Forth its Fourth Bid

After three consecutive bids to liberalize the multimodal operation of the Ethiopian Maritime Authority (EMA) hitting a brick wall, another round of invitation bid in the coming few weeks is set to take place, Capital has learnt.

The upcoming floating process is said to attract more promising companies to the scene.

As per the decision of the government to add four more multimodal operators besides the existing Ethiopian Shipping and Logistics (ESL), which has managed the scheme for almost 12 years, the authority has been floating bids. Unfortunately, the first two were refuted within a short time span while the third one was evaluated in detail, up until weeks ago when the EMA informed participants of the annulations.

According to the information from one of the potential bidders, the authority disclosed that the bid will be issued in the coming few weeks.

Cognizant of this, the government has in multiple occasions given its word to open up the sector for competition to which a tangible move was seen when the regulatory body issued a directive to give a license for those who have a capacity to join the scheme as per the pre-conditions set on the document.
Despite the move being seen as a step in the right direction, things are yet to materialize.

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Djibouti Asserts Maritime Dominance with a Naval Garage

The Djiboutian sovereign wealth fund, Great Horn Investments Holding (GHIH), rolls the dice to realize its strategic 2035 vision for its blue economy investment courtesy of a Ship Repair Yard.

This new project now sees Djibouti firmly head and shoulders above the rest with its geo-strategical advantages as a regional hub for the transshipment and relay of goods flowing along the major international shipping lanes connecting Asia, Africa and Europe.

The shipyard’s repair and maintenance capability is expected to attract more ships to Djibouti, further cementing its position as a regional trade and logistics hub.

The scope of the Project includes the construction of a large floating dry-dock for vessels up to 217 meters-long, workshops, tools and equipment to serve a broad variety of vessels, providing common vessel maintenance and repair services, such as surface treatment, metalworking and maintenance of equipment and machinery.

Djibouti Ports and Free Zones Authority said that Djibouti Ship Repair Yard ambitious project follows the ‘Vision 2035’goal and aims to create up to 3,000 jobs. It added that the 217m long, 43.5m wide dock was built by Damen Shipyard, a global leader in shipbuilding based in Gorinchem, Netherlands.

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Hapag, DB Schenker Partner for Sustainable Transport Solution

Hapag DB Schenker Partner for Sustainable Transport Solution
Hapag DB Schenker Partner for Sustainable Transport Solution

Hapag-Lloyd has entered into a partnership with DB Schenker for decarbonising supply chains. Following the launch of Ship Green in May, DB Schenker has selected Hapag-Lloyd’s sustainable transport solution as part of its sustainability initiatives. DB Schenker and Hapag-Lloyd have signed an agreement for emission-reduced container transports with a waste- and residue-based biofuel. By the end of 2023, DB Schenker plans to claim approximately 3,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions avoidance. This is based on at least 1,000 tonnes of pure biofuel.

Based on biofuel, customers of Hapag-Lloyd can add Ship Green as an additional service to their existing bookings – thereby avoiding CO2e emissions.

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