Ethiopian Freight Forwarders and Shipping Agents Association

EFFSAA Weekly Newsletter Vol. 02 No. 100

RAME 2024 and EFFSAA’s Participation

RAME 2024 and EFFSAA’s Participation
RAME 2024 and EFFSAA’s Participation

Among the 4 regions of the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA), the Africa and Middle East region (RAME), held its annual field meeting on 5-6 March 2024 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This region was previously chaired by Ato Salahadin Khalifa, the former president of our association, for almost 2 years.

On a conference, themed “Connectivity, Resilience and Sustainability in Global Supply Chains,” and attracted over 630 experts from 30+ countries, a distinguished delegation from Ethiopia actively participated in the event.

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A Visit from FIATA’s Senior Vice President

Last week, EFFSAA welcomed Jens Roemer, one of FIATA’s three senior vice presidents and member of Forward Belgium.

Mr. Roemer met with EFFSAA’s Vice President and Chairman of FIATA AFI, Dawit Woubishet, and former EFFSAA President Elizabeth Getahun for a productive discussion on the association’s activities and the Ethiopian logistics landscape.

Prior to his visit to EFFSAA, The senior VP participated in the grand opening of Ethiopian Airlines’ state-of-the-art e-commerce logistics facility, alongside prominent figures from the government and industry.

This visit follows a previous one by FIATA’s Director General, Dr. Stéphane Graber, who visited EFFSAA few months ago.
EFFSAA expresses its appreciation for the opportunity to host Mr. Roemer and looks forward to the continued engagement with FIATA.

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Ethiopian Inaugurates First of its Kind E-Commerce Logistics Facility at Bole International Airport

Ethiopian Inaugurates First of its Kind E-Commerce Logistics Facility at Bole International Airport
Ethiopian Inaugurates First of its Kind E-Commerce Logistics Facility at Bole International Airport

The facility positions Addis Ababa to be the cross-border e-commerce logistics hub for Africa and beyond.

Ethiopian Airlines Group, the largest airline group in Africa and one of the fastest-growing airlines brand globally, proudly announces the launching of its state-of-the-art e-commerce logistics facility in a grand event on February 29, 2024. The Ethiopian e-commerce facility is located inside the Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics premises.

The newly built facility, which is dedicated to e-commerce, mail and courier logistics services is aimed at bridging logistical gaps and positioning Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as the cross-border e-commerce logistics hub for Africa and beyond.

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Kenya To ‘Fast-Track’ LAPSSET Projects To Woo Ethiopia

Kenya and Ethiopia have agreed to fight insecurity, review tariffs and fast-track completion of infrastructure projects to facilitate seamless flow of cargo from Lamu to Ethiopia.

The two governments held a meeting during which Nairobi assured Addis Ababa of a functional Port of Lamu, with a superstructure, cargo yard, operational equipment, port workshop, warehouses, office space, and accommodation facilities.

The Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) will rework port tariffs as Ethiopia puts in place plans to start using the port the month.

The tariffs are one of the conditions Addis asked to be considered after Kenya assured them of security on the Lamu Port, South Sudan Ethiopia transport (Lapsset) corridor.

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Ethiopian Airlines to Expand Widebody Fleet with Up to 20 Boeing 777X Jets

Ethiopian Airlines Group, the largest aviation group in Africa, and Boeing [NYSE: BA], a leading global aerospace company are pleased to announce the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the purchase of the latest Boeing 777-9 airplanes. The agreement includes the purchase of eight 777-9 passenger airplanes and the potential for up to 12 additional jets by Africa’s largest airline, Ethiopian.

Ethiopian Airlines’ selection of the 777X positions the carrier as the first 777X customer in Africa and builds on its landmark 2023 order for 11 787 Dreamliner and 20 737 MAX airplanes in growing its modern fleet.

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Ethiopia And The Netherlands Are Jointly Building A Cooling Center To Support Fruit And Vegetable Exports

The Ethiopian government has signed an agreement with Invest International, which acts on behalf of the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Netherlands, to realize the first phase of a large cooling center 70 kilometers from the capital Addis Ababa. The project, known as Cool Port Addis, is designed to facilitate the export of horticultural crops from Ethiopia in a cooled state to the port of Rotterdam and other market destinations in the ensuing years.

The initiative enhances the sustainability of the supply chain, providing Ethiopian farmers with the chance to broaden their market reach. Presently, exports heavily rely on trucks and aircraft, but the project aims to shift towards more eco-friendly modes such as rail and shipping. The goal is to diversify and enable fruit and vegetable-producing Ethiopian farmers to leverage the cooling facility, gaining access to a more extensive export market.

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Ethiopia Launches First National Electronic Cargo Tracking System to Combat Theft, Digitize Logistics

Ethiopia’s first electronic cargo tracking and monitoring system has completed its testing phase and is poised to enter operational status. The system is kickstarting with 1400 digital cargo tracking devices that have been imported into the country and will be distributed at no cost as an initial offering financed by the government.

Introduced by the Ethiopian Customs Commission in collaboration with the Ethiopian Artificial Intelligence Institute and the Minister of Transport and Logistics, this comprehensive fleet management and electronic cargo security system employ locks to secure cargo while monitoring their status in real time.

While primarily designed for cargo security, the system’s GPS tracking modems enable monitoring of vehicle location, speed, direction, and route.

The system aims to combat goods pilfering, locally known as “kisheba,” a prevalent practice along the corridor where criminals discreetly remove goods from trucks en route to or from Djibouti.

All containers and bulk cargo trucks will be required to be equipped with electronic tracking devices, including locks, seals, and GPRS modems. Eight stations have been selected for the system’s implementation: Modjo Dry Port, Addis Ababa Commercial Goods, Adama Customs Station, Addis Ababa Export and Government Goods, Galafi Entry Station, Mille Checkpoint, Awash Station, and Djibouti.

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FIATA partners with World Logistics Passport

FIATA partners with World Logistics Passport
FIATA partners with World Logistics Passport

FIATA International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations announced its partnership with World Logistics Passport (WLP), a global initiative aimed at promoting seamless trade flow among traders, freight forwarders and key supply chain players through its logistics loyalty programme. The partnership announcement coincides with the commencement of the 2024 FIATA-RAME Field Meeting in Dubai, United Arab Emirates where the WLP is headquartered, and at which these key themes in the region and on the global logistics playing field will be discussed, says an official release from FIATA. “The collaboration between FIATA and WLP marks a significant milestone in advancing international trade facilitation. Through this partnership, with FIATA’s vast global network comprising over 40,000 freight forwarding and logistics companies across 150 countries, the two aim to support their respective members in easing trade processes. The WLP overcomes non-tariff trade barriers through the offering of financial and non-financial benefits such as fast-tracking of cargo movement, reducing administrative costs, advancing cargo information and facilitating trade across borders, all of which can benefit FIATA members.”

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