The Ethiopian Shipping and Logistics Service Enterprise (ESLSE) is a blend of four different corporate entities which were operating autonomously. The entities that created this enterprise were Ethiopian Maritime and Transit Service Enterprise, Ethiopian Shipping Lines Share Company, Dry Port Enterprise; and the former Comet Transport Share Company.
In order to achieve the potential economic growth, strategic measures taken by the Ethiopia to merge the former three public enterprises that have been operating separately in a maritime sub-sector. ESLSE is the result of this merger and came into being following the issuance of Regulation by the Council of Ministers (Regulation No. 255/2011).
ESLSE is assigned with the massive responsibility of executing sea-transport & logistics services to the investors and importers/exporters of the country in a more effective and efficient mechanism.
This, of course, reduced transit time and unnecessary efforts by using its vessels, heavy duty trucks, sea and dry port facilities throughout the country. In order to facilitate its services, it appears in different parts of the country located in different parts of the country including Addis Ababa, Modjo, Kality, Mekelle, DireDawa, Kombolcha, Semera and Gelan towns. In addition to these branches, it has also a Maritime Training Institute at a place called Babogaya in Bishoftu (Debrezeit) town and a branch in Djibouti as well.
In the last budget year, ESLSE management and staff well performed by handling agricultural inputs and deliver it on time for farmers in Ethiopia. This performance was critical since it is a strategic operation and has nation-wide impact. The strategic product mainly fertilizer reached farmers before the beginning of the past agriculture period with hard and combined effort of ports in Djibouti and Ethiopia.
ESLSE has already taken the responsibility of managing the multimodal transport system to improve inward and outward trading activities in terms of low cost, maximum customer convenience and become an international carrier.