Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (25 May 2023)
The Ethio-Djibouti Railway S.C (EDR) is driving regional socioeconomic integration and trade development between Ethiopia and Djibouti. Despite facing challenges from the pandemic and other adversities, the operational activities of the Ethio-Djibouti railway service have been crucial in revitalizing the logistics and transportation sector, with consistent annual progress ranging from 35% to 41%.
Over the past nine months alone, the railway has efficiently transported a remarkable 1.8 million tons of commodities, including critical goods such as coffee, fertilizer, wheat, and edible oil. The railway also recently celebrated the successful arrival of 63 vehicles at the Endode railway station. This success has positioned the EDR as a crucial player in the logistics and transportation sector, facilitating the flow of goods and contributing to the economic development of both countries.
The service offers the advantage of importing up to 94 cars at a time using a single locomotive, ensuring speed, cost-effectiveness, and car safety. Additionally, the railway has the capability to transport 240 vehicles in a single trip, completing the journey within less than 24 hours.
Looking to the future, the EDR is expanding its operations to include a diverse range of goods, with plans to transport fruits, vegetables, tower, meat, coal, minerals, machinery, wood, and cereals. Additionally, the railway aims to explore opportunities for exporting meat and coil steels, further enhancing its service offerings and attracting new business ventures.
The EDR’s efficient transportation services have not only strengthened trade relations between Ethiopia and Djibouti but have also played a vital role in attracting foreign direct investment and supporting the domestic economy. With its continued success, the Ethio-Djibouti Railway S.C is poised to further boost regional integration and foster sustained socioeconomic growth in the years to come.
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