A Representative of the Djibouti Ports and Free Zones Authority Hassan Abdillahi Waberi says Djibouti has sufficient capacity to handle Ethiopia’...
A Representative of the Djibouti Ports and Free Zones Authority Hassan Abdillahi Waberi says Djibouti has sufficient capacity to handle Ethiopia’s import-export shipment and provide seamless service for the existing traffic.
The representative stated that Djibouti ports have the accumulated capacity of transporting 50 million tons of cargo per year while Ethiopia’s current import-export traffic is 18.5 million tons. Along with facilitating Ethiopia’s international trade, Djibouti provides transshipment services for many African countries.
Waberi noted that the present congestion in Djibouti ports is not emanated from the terminals inabiliity of handling Ethiopian goods. Rather it is the result of the deployment of Ethiopia’s bulk shipments in some peak seasons.
He said the congestion is created due to peak shipping seasons among the business community. The arrival of larger quantities of cargo in Djibouti ports within short period and offloading cargo ships quickly and efficiently has become more of a challenge for the longshoremen working on the docks.
“Even the Port of Rotterdam, the largest port in Europe, could be congested if a huge volume of cargo flooded the terminals and the deployments of Ethiopia’s bulk imports within short time create massive pressures on our port facilities, logistics and employees.”
Waberi said that Djibouti has been hugely investing to expand and modernize its port facilities and infrastructure toto serve the growing Ethiopia’s economy. The country has renovated the old port and built six specialized, state-of-the-art container, petroleum, cargo and bulk ports.
Ethiopia is a strategic partner of Djibouti and the largest portion of Djibouti’s service revenue emanates from the country, he noted, adding that Ethiopia’s persistent economic growth along with this has made Djibouti heavily invests in port construction and other infrastructural development to meet its client’s increasing demand for port services.