Tuesday, June 25, 2013

■ SOUTH SUDAN: Ethiopian Cargo starts 2x weekly Juba ops as exporters eye Asian markets.

Ethiopian Airlines
Ethiopian Airlines Cargo (ET) has continued its expansion drive into Africa with the recent launch of twice weekly dedicated cargo flights to the South Sudanese capital, Juba. The route will serve to supply the country with fruit and vegetable exports from Ethiopia.

The new Cold Room at Bole Int'l Airport
The new Cold Room at Bole Int'l Airport
(Celtic Cooling)
According to ethiosports, exporters had in the past, been forced to rely on either overland haulage or limited belly-hold cargo space on Ethiopian's flights to serve the market.

With the launch of flights to Seoul, South Korea, Ethiopian vegetable and fruit exporters are now considering expanding into the South Korean market as well. At present, Ethopian markets are limited to the European Union and the Middle East though Asia is seen as highly lucrative.

The growth in Ethiopia's perishable's export market has been buoyed by Ethiopian's recent inauguration of a new Cargo Terminal catering specifically for flowers. The new 'perishable cargo terminal’ is now fully used for flower exports, leaving the existing terminal to cater for the exclusive handling of vegetables, fruits and herbs.