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Plans to involve transport companies in multimodal scheme
The Ethiopian Shipping and Logistics Services Enterprise (ESLSE) is planning to make a deal with Ethiopian transporters to deliver multimodal cargo from the Port of Djibouti. The enterprise has been working with the Transport Association of Djibouti (ATD).
ESLSE is the sole entity that conducts multimodal operations since its formation with the amalgamation of three state enterprises two years ago and has been transporting imports using its own ground transportation, as well as those of ATD. ESLSE had agreed with ATD to transport products over land that had been imported via the multimodal system after it began the scheme two years ago. But sources said that multiple problems have arisen since then, including the delays in delivery in Ethiopia as well as severe congestions at the ports of Djibouti.
Reliable sources at the Enterprise said ESLSE signed the deal with ATD, following the congestion that occurred at the port immediately after the commencement of the multimodal scheme, a system of handling the transportation of commodities from ports to their final destination, including over sea, land and railways.
To resolve the problems and expedite the land transportation between Djibouti ports and Ethiopia, ESLSE later conducted a study on the feasibility of including Ethiopian transporters in the delivery of cargo.
Ousman Ali, Corporate Communication Service Manager of ESLSE, said that the enterprise and ATD have now agreed to include Ethiopian transporters in the scheme.
According to Ousman, ESLSE will sign a deal with Ethiopian transport companies on Monday, October 14 at its head office. He told Capital that companies and individuals that have adequate trucks in number and size would be part of the deal to transport cargo from the Ports of Djibouti to the various dry ports and the central part of the country. But he did not specify how many trucks would constitute the minimum requirement to sign a deal with the enterprise. Big transporters like Shebele, Trans and Bekelcha are expected to all be part of the deal.
“The deal will help ESLSE accelerate land transportation of goods from Djibouti Ports without any delay,” he said.
This agreement will be the first to employ Ethiopian transporters since the Enterprise was formed and began the multimodal scheme, according to Ousman.
Currently, ESLSE owns 60 trucks and is expected to add 100 more in the current budget year. The Communication Head said that the Enterprise’s trucks will be assigned to carry cargo and cover locations that private transporters are not interested in.