A letter of notice signed by Mekonnen Abera, director general of the EMAA, was sent to 15 stakeholders including the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC), Ethiopian Shipping Lines (ESL), and Ethiopian Freight Forwarders and Shipping Agents Association (EFFSAA), on August 9, 2010.
"The establishment of dry ports and their strategic partners, MTOs, is crucial for the multimodal system to work properly," Mekonnen
Modjo and Semera dry ports have already started operations with ESL
as the sole MTO.
One of the reasons for drafting the regulation is to create competition in the market, according to Mekonnen
, in which the ESL
is operating as a monopoly at the moment.
"It invites the private sector to engage in such activities, which, in the end, will be a means to achieve efficiency," Mekonnen
"The other reason is to have other MTOs fill the gap
in the transport of export goods, which ESL
currently does not cover as much as imports.
The draft is also intended to create a regulatory mechanism for MTOs whose role in the import and export is of great significance as a company has to be creditworthy and knowledgeable to do this job, according to Mekonnen