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Incomming mission (Agro) logistics

Project purpose

 At the end of a one week study trip to the Netherlands, a team of relevant government officials and experts on freight logistics from Ethiopia will have:

  • Thorough understanding of the critical success factors that led to the  achievement of an accomplished logistics services in the Netherlands.
  • Thorough understanding of organisation of logistics on a national level: who are stakeholders, checks and balances, preconditions, judicial framework, etc.
  • Practical ideas and if possible planning of possible cooperation in future between Ethiopia and the Netherlands on logistic matters

The Ethiopian/Djibouti team intends to benchmark the best practices in the Netherlands that can be emulated for application in the Ethio-Djiboutian corridor. Main interests are corridor management and multimodal transport services.

Project results

Main interests of the team are international freight corridor management and multimodal transport services. The team will have thorough understanding of the following issues at the end of the study trip, and a clear idea on possible cooperation with the Netherlands on these issues.

With respect to international freight corridor management the visiting team will have developed a clearer understanding on the following issues.

  • The framework of cooperation employed to manage common interests of the Coastal state and the inland country including bilateral and regional agreements, treaty etc.
  • Organization of transport services along the freight corridors and air cargo terminals with particulate focus on exportable items and frozen cargo like vegetables and meat products.
  • Terms of agreements used to monitor and contain service charge and cost at mutually acceptable level.
  • The role of Customs and procedures employed for facilitating swift transfer of cargo including the amount of paper work and documentary formalities for clearing goods from transit points.
  • The mode of organization of transport operations handling international traffic including truck/rail deployment practices and monitoring mechanism for controlling movement of trucks along the corridors.
  • Obtain specimen of treaties and sample documents on the procedures, organizational structure, texts of agreements, procedures etc.
  • Joint platforms employed for handling long term development interests of the corridors including expansion of facilities and infrastructure.
  • Modalities employed to grant countries a right of transit and facilitate movement of goods through their respective territories.
  • Mode of engagement of stakeholders in matters of common interest including promotion of private operator involvement.
  • Regulatory and legal frameworks used to govern corridor affairs.

Multimodal Transport Services is one of the core area of interest for the visiting team and needs to grasp the basic institutional framework for facilitating the adoption of multimodal transport system and the specific issues include the following.

  • Significance of Multimodal Transport system for the landlocked nation in terms of its role and contribution in improving efficiency of transit operations of import and export cargo.
  • The modalities employed to promote and facilitate the use of integrated transport and logistics services on the basis of multimodal transport operations.
  • The procedures applied to ensure swift transfer of Multimodal cargo from port to inland terminals including port customs and clearance formalities and procedures.
  • The level of application of information technology in facilitating multimodal operations and its significance for availing reliable info to all stakeholders..
  • Agreements and transit protocols entered with coastal nation for handling a multimodal cargo.
  • The level and mode of participation of local MTOs private and public alike in the multimodal transport system.
  • Modalities of facilitations and facilities available for containerizing export cargo at inland terminals and applicability of MTO services to facilitate export cargo sale from inland terminals on combined transport basis.
  • Mode of organization of transport services from port to inland terminals and role and responsibility of forwarders, truckers and terms of relationship with MTO Carriers.
  • Regulatory and legal frameworks employed to administer and control performances of multimodal services.

Ownership and development of inland freight stations, consolidation and deconsolidation centers and warehousing facilities.


Several location in The Netherlands


NABC - Netherlands-African Business Council


Agroculture and Logistics


€ 39,296

Project status


Project activities

The working visit is to be made to institutions in the Netherlands that have organized a full-fledged logistics services.

The visiting team will learn from the modern customs system, inland transportation, port management, cargo handling, maritime administration, etc through:

  • Discussions with relevant parties in the Dutch logistic sector, exchange of ideas and gathering of first hand information on management of overall logistics i.e. Transport Management, port management, corridor management, Customs Administration,  maritime administration, Transit and Maritime issues etc...
  • Guided tours to see practical operation of the logistics institutions and organizations.
  • Documentation on various aspects of the logistics organizations and management practices.
  • Matchmaking.

Possible visits:

  • Ministry of transport/economic affairs
  • Rotterdam
  • Aalsmeer/FloraHolland
  • Schiphol
  • Flying Swans Consortium
  • Network event

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