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Saudi Cargo has announced plans to start transporting meat from Ethiopia to Europe by the end of the year.
It has selected five Ethiopian exporters for the project, with whom it already works to export meat to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The companies are Hashim Nuru Slaughter, Luna Expert Slaughter House, Modjo Modern Export, Elfora Agro Industry and Export and Organic Abattoir Slaughter.
Kassahun Kenna, Saudi Cargo’s Cargo Sales Manager, said the exporters were selected for their excellent performance in exporting meat to Saudi Arabia.
He said Saudi Cargo has a number of customers who export flowers and vegetables from Addis Ababa to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and other countries in the Middle East. “There are about 10 flower and vegetable exporters who use Saudi Cargo,” he told Capital.
Until recently, Ethiopian Airlines was the only airline transporting meat from Ethiopia to the Middle East. Saudi Cargo started transporting meat five years ago and it is aiming to expand further, according to Kassahun.
The awarding of contracts for exporting meat is intended to encourage Saudi Cargo customers and prospective clients to use the airline to export to the Middle East.
The President of the Ethiopian Meat Exporters Association, Tamrat Ejigu, said the contracts will act as an incentive for exporters, thereby contributing to Ethiopian development.
“I haven’t seen such a thing before and giving recognition and rewarding people for what they are doing encourages them to do more,” he said.
Kassahun Kenna confirmed that Saudi Cargo will begin transporting meat, flowers and vegetables from Ethiopia to Europe by the end of 2013.
In 2012, the company transported more than two million kilograms of cargo, of which 1.7 million kgs was meat and the rest flowers, vegetables and general cargo. This was a record for the company.
According to Ken Mbogo, Regional Director for Saudi Cargo, it operates cargo flights to 11 destinations in Africa, offering both freight and capacity options
In conjunction with Interline Partners, it also offers cargo connections to an additional 30 plus destinations in Africa.
Established in 1997, Saudi Cargo is represented by its General Sales Agent (GSA), Cabey Plc, a private trading house owned by Seid Hussein Al Amoudi.