Vehicles bound for Ethiopia congesting Djibouti port

3000 vehicles congested at the port
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The vehicle cargo congestion at the port of Djibouti has forced the Ethiopian Shipping and Logistics Service Enterprise (ESLSE) to consider including the private sector in transporting the vehicles to the country.
Sources in Djibouti told Capital that the number of imported vehicles clogging the port is more than usual. The increase in the volume of imports and the limitation of transporters are the main the factors for the congestion, according to sources that are close to the issue.
Sources at the enterprise told Capital that port and customs dues, insurance issues and other reasons have also contributed to the congestion at the port.
The state-owned shipping enterprise ESLSE, the sole multimodal provider also responsible for handling the import of vehicles above three tons via the multimodal scheme, is now finding other options to transport the vehicles instead of using only its own and leased car-carrier trucks. “We are now working to import some of the selected trucks by driving them from the port to the country,” sources at the enterprise told Capital.
Government officials associated to the shipping and logistics service, as well as officials from the enterprise itself, surveyed the situation at the port during their visit two weeks ago.
According to Mesfin Tefera, Deputy of the Freight Forwarding Division of ESLSE, even though the port is clogged with vehicles, the volume of vehicles imported via the multimodal scheme does not constitute more than 25 percent of the total number of vehicles imported into the country.
Mesfin said most of the vehicles that are jamming the port have been imported via the uni-modal scheme or imported by private freight forwarders or individuals.
According to reliable sources, based on this week’s information, about 3,000 vehicles are currently waiting to be transported from the port, and the number of vehicles is increasing daily as new shipments arrive. Sources said that the enterprise is now considering including private transporters to deliver the vehicles to the country. But Mesfin said that the enterprise usually uses leased trucks to transport cargo, in addition to their own car-carrier trucks. “Our main focus is on heavy shipment activities that are difficult for the private sector to carry out instead of getting involved in every small activity that could be covered by private firms,” he explained.
According to the deputy CEO, the enterprise is more interested in investing in shipping and other logistics services like dry ports rather than adding more car carriers.
According to sources, currently, the enterprise is operating only two car carrier trucks, which can handle up to ten vehicles per trip.
Some private car carriers are involved in transporting small vehicles that weigh less than three tons, but some companies and individuals import vehicles over three tons via the uni-modal scheme with a special permit.
Most of the time trucks that are imported are transported on their own just by driving them, but transporting mid-level vehicles this way was unusual. According to sources, mid level trucks are now being transporting by driving them on their own the same as huge trucks.

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