ADDIS ABABA — The China-built Ethiopia-Djibouti Railway began shipping vehicles from Djibouti ports to Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa on Thursday.
The first load of vehicles has arrived at the Indode freight station on the outskirts of Addis Ababa.
A special ceremony was held at the station to mark the arrival of the first shipment.
Abdi Zenebe, CEO of Ethiopia-Djibouti Railway Share Company (EDR), hailed the move, stressing that it will help achieve the main aspirations of the railway in terms of facilitating the Ethiopian transport system.
Noting the huge movement of imported goods from Djibouti ports to central Ethiopia and items exported from Ethiopia to the rest of the world via Djibouti ports, Zenebe said the first-ever shipment of cars from Djibouti to Ethiopia signifies EDR’s commitment to diversifying its transport services. .
“It’s an indication that we are diversifying our business. We have several varieties of wagons, which include hoppers, we have refrigerated wagons, we have a large number of wagons that we haven’t used yet,” Zenebe said. . “It is a way of indicating and communicating to the world and to our customers that we have started using these (railroad) cars, and this diversification and expansion of the business will guarantee the progress of EDR at the future and extend EDR’s service to both countries and customers involved.”
The 752.7 km Ethiopia-Djibouti Standard Gauge Railway, also known as the Addis Ababa-Djibouti Railway, under contract with China Rail Engineering Corporation (CREC) and China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) , is the first cross-border railway on Africa. continent.
As the Ethiopia-Djibouti Electrified Railway significantly improves the freight market, EDR said the railway is enriching its services to realize the ambition of the two countries to build an industrial and economic belt boosting the economic and social development of the two countries.
Abdurahman Ibrahim, managing director of Nana Solutions, the company that partnered with EDR to import the first batch of 24 vehicles via the Ethiopia-Djibouti Railway, said the railway offers various benefits to companies engaged in the import and export sectors.
“We are very fortunate to be the pioneers of this very good initiative. It provides us with various opportunities including safety as the use of railway wagons is highly secure and safe until their final destination,” Ibrahim told Xinhua. . “It is also very economical as it cuts the cost almost in half compared to car transporters. Its fast delivery is also another great advantage.”