The first sea-air cargo operation that discharges 17 tons of electronics and home appliances from Shenzen to Lagos and Kano in Nigeria via Djibouti has launched with the presence of the Chairperson of Djibouti Ports and Free zone Authority, Aboubaker Omar Hadi, a diplomat from Ethiopian Embassy in Djibouti, Beneyam Ephrem, Area Manager of Ethiopian Airlines.
Ethiopian Airlines is the leading air cargo service provider in Africa, coupled with the competitive geo-strategic advantage. When the project is fully operational, it will double the cargo operation of the Airlines and make Djibouti a hub for sea-air cargo logistics.
Sea-air cargo project that is twice as fast as the sea only and twice as cheap as the air only transportation would massively scale up trade relations between the two countries as well as between the two continents; Africa and Asia; particularly China.
As the Government of Ethiopia identified the transport and logistics sector as a game changer to maintain the country’s economic growth path and formulated a 10 years perspective plan; improving e-commerce to bolster the efficiency of the logistics sector is among the priorities.
The two countries could also benefit from schemes such as the sea-air cargo connectivity project that would certainly bring forth its blessings of e-commerce along the way it was learnt.