Private freight forwarders will soon be able to take part in the multimodal transportation scheme once a new draft directive is issued in a few weeks. Previously they were only allowed to engage in uni-modal operations.
The Ethiopian Maritime Affairs Authority (EMAA), the regularity body under the Ministry of Trade, Ethiopian Shipping and Logistics Services Enterprise (ESLSE) and members of the Ethiopian Freight Forwarding and Shipping Agents Association talked about the draft directive on Thursday December 19.
When providing feedback about the draft the major issues that the private forwarders raised was the financial scheme and access to land.
“Some of the criteria mentioned in the directive has confused us and some are very difficult to fulfill,” one of the private freight forwarders said.
The draft directive stated that forwarders who want to engage in the multimodal (land, sea, or road) transportation service should have their own property or rent 5,000 square meters of land or have a warehouse for transit purposes.