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Jul 07


By sowmedia | Blog

Dar Es Salaam, TZ | 6 July, 2014

Imported-cars-for-TanzaniaWith effect from 1st July, the Tanzanian parliament has passed the age restriction secular to be 8 years instead of 10 years, beyond it dumping fees is applicable.

The Rule is already applicable for vehicles imported to Tanzania as from 1st of July 2014 date of declaration in Tanzania Custom System. B/L date or discharging date is not relevant.

If older than 8 years, vehicles will not be refused but will be subject to additional tax or dues. This rule is valid only for local importation of cars, vans, trucks, buses etc… meant to be driven on public roads in Tanzania.

Cargo in transit, machinery and earth moving equipment like excavators, bulldozers, agricultural equipment, are not subject to this new age restriction.

For all your Cargo Shipments to and from any part in Tanzania and the East Africa region, please call us on +31104760241 or email us on You can also visit our website: to get more information about our services.

Jul 05


By sowmedia | Blog

Kigali, Rwanda | 5Th July, 2014

EaxThe integration process of the East African states moved a notch higher with the official launch of the East Africa Exchange (EAX) in Kigali, Rwanda. The launch of the EAX through which the establishment of the regional commodity exchange will be facilitated, is aimed at economic transformation and regional integration that will benefit the partner states.

The new initiative will provide a regional commodity exchange that connects buyers and sellers throughout East Africa and one that creates broader access to markets and the global economy. Through the new project, the farmers and traders will connect on price transparency real time.

The five partner states in the project include Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan. Ethiopia and Tanzania remained as observers to the Northern Corridor Integration Projects, whose 6th Summit in Kigali provided the platform to launch the EAX.

Kenya’s President, H.E Uhuru Kenyatta rang the bell to officially launch the EAX witnessed by Presidents Paul Kagame (Rwanda), Yoweri Museveni (Uganda), and Salva Kiir of South Sudan. President Kenyatta said the East African Commodities Exchange will greatly assist both businessmen, investors and small farmers who have for long been exploited by middle men.

Additionally, he said, the new financial project will provide fair and decent prices for commodities from regional farmers, stabilize prices of grains and play an important part towards regional food security.


The main goals of the new initiative, which bring to over 15 the  ongoing projects under the Northern Corridor Integration projects include enabling small-scale farmers access credit, capture value and catalyze further growth and providing an integrated East African Market with  small –scale economy to enable the sector be truly globally competitive.

The other goal of the new EAX is to enable the deepening of East Africa’s capital markets so that its entrepreneurs and enterprises can unleash the prosperity of their own making for the benefit of their societies. To be a fully regional exchange, the EAX will be opened to all regional investors. It also embraces the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) spirit to encourage both private and public investments from the region.

The EAX aims at establishing operations for a comprehensive end-to-end agricultural trading solution that adds value by putting in place inventory and warehouse management systems to combat post-harvest losses, improve food security and provide reliable inputs required for agro-processors.The EAX will also provide access to collateral management to unleash agricultural financing and thereby transform agricultural stock to a financial asset, with products ranging from maize, beans, tea   and coffee.

For all your Cargo Shipments to and from any part in East Africa and the great lakes, please call us on +31104760241 or email us on You can also visit our website: to get more information about our services.

Jul 02


By sowmedia | Blog

Juba, South Sudan | 1st July 2014

UgandaTraders to JubaAs more than 50 percent of South Sudanese live below the poverty line, only wealthy individuals can access safe and nutritious food which is largely imported from East Africa, Ethiopia and Sudan. The majority of people cannot.

Food sellers complain that they are forced to charge high costs for their wares due to duty charges and the expense of moving food along difficult routes. Simon Jungu, a Ugandan food exporter to South Sudan explains that he pays hefty taxes to transport produce. “I pay unbelievable amounts to set up a stock for my products in Juba,” says Jungu. “To realise any profits, I charge almost three times the price for the food stuffs.”

Hardest hit are the states far from Juba, where transportation costs are high due to risk of violence and poor roads. South Sudan’s application to join the East African community is still pending. Many hope that taxation on goods from East Africa will be eliminated if the country joins the community.

South Sudan is largely dependent on food imports as a legacy of decades of civil war, which deprived it of an agricultural backbone. Farmers often had to flee their homes during the fighting, meaning that traditional farming knowledge was lost and infrastructure was minimal or non-existent.

These problems have been compounded by the current violence that begun last December with clashes between forces royal to South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and his former deputy, Riek Machar. The widespread violence has made the transportation of food to many parts of the country impossible.

Much of South Sudan now does not meet the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) definition of food security as a period when “all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life”.


The 2005 peace agreement that officially ended the war between northern and southern Sudan enabled developmental organisations try to revitalise the country’s bread basket found in the three states of the Greater Equatorian region, Western, Eastern and Central Equatoria State. These states, unlike the rest, have rich soils and reliable rains that support agriculture.

For South Sudan to stop importing food it first needs to increase its food production, according to a USAID report on agriculture in South Sudan. It shows that South Sudan has vast amounts of uncultivated, arable land. With more than 230,000 square miles of potential farming land, only five percent is being cultivated, according to South Sudan’s Ministry of Agriculture.

The FAO and other organisations have stepped up efforts to increase productivity and expand the area under cultivation. USAID has agriculture as one of its main focus of assistance to South Sudan and seeks to transform agricultural practices by training local famers in modern farming skills.

As part of its efforts to improve agriculture, the FAO is distributing seeds to farming associations and providing on-field training. This has boosted food production in the Greater Equatoria region. However, in order to sustain this output, the region also needs security and infrastructure and the current violence has hampered these agricultural advancements.

A recent FAO report shows how the current conflict has hampered crops in conflictive areas, where people have fled and assets were destroyed. It warns that food security is expected to deteriorate in the coming months, estimating that the number of severely food insecure people stands at 3.5 million.

Given that the conflict has impeded the transportation of food, food organisations like the World Food Program (WFP) have started air dropping food to tens of thousands of internally displaced people.

 For all your cargo inquiries to and from any part of South Sudan, please call us today on +31 10 476 0241 or email us on You can visit our website for more information about our services.

We look forward to serving you!

 The views expressed in this report do not necessarily reflect the positions or opinions of

Jun 29


By sowmedia | Blog

Addis Ababa| 29 June, 2014

Ethiopia is set to get a new state of the art cargo terminal following the signing of a 50Million euros ($68 Million) loan agreement between the Ethiopian Airlines and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD).

The agreement for the construction of the new state of the art cargo terminal was signed in the presence of French Ambassador to Ethiopia, H.E. Ms. Brigitte Collet by the Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde Gebremariam, and Mr. Christian YOKA, AFD Regional Director signed at Ethiopian Headquarters on 20 June 2014.

“Infrastructure development is one of the four pillars of our fast, profitable and sustainable growth strategic roadmap, Vision 2025. This loan from AFD will enable us to build our new cargo terminal, which is being constructed in 2 phases, and when completed will have 1.2 million tons annual capacity, making it one of the largest in the world. The new cargo terminal is part of our Ethiopian Cargo Vision 2025, which aims first and foremost to support our country’s fast growing export of perishables such as flowers, fruits, vegetables and meat. As part of our Ethiopian Cargo Vision 2025, we plan to operate 18 dedicated freighters serving 37 international cargo destinations by 2025.

Ethiopia Cargo

“I wish to thank our longtime partner AFD, the French Government, and the French Embassy in Addis Ababa for their continued support. Our Academy expansion is also being undertaken thanks to the financial support of AFD. We look forward working for a successful and continued partnership with AFD”, said Mr. Tewolde G. Mariam, Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian.

“This credit agreement is the second of its kind after the one signed for the expansion and upgrading of Ethiopian Airlines multinational aviation training center which is nearly completed partially in operation. The new agreement shows our commitment to further support Ethiopian in its growth plan,” said Mr. Christian YOKA, AFD Regional Director for Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia and Eritrea.

Ethiopian Cargo currently has dedicated freighter services to 26 cargo destinations in Africa, the Gulf, Middle East, Asia and Europe, using six dedicated cargo freighters including B777-200Fs.

For all your Air and Sea Cargo Shipments to and from any part in Ethiopia, please call us on +31104760241 or email us on You can also visit our website: to get more information about our services.

May 13

China’s $3.8 Billion Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) Project in East Africa

By sowmedia | Blog

Nairobi| 12 May 2014

Rail South Sudan is among several East African countries earmarked to benefit from the $3.8 billion railway line network that will mainly be funded by China with a 10% contribution from Kenya.

The regional Standard Gauge Railway Protocol (SGR) is reportedly part of the northern corridor integration project linking four nations of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan in the Great Lakes region with the Port of Mombasa which is the main gateway to East and Central Africa with the outside world by sea.

The railway project which is expected to change the regional economic landscape by providing efficient and cost effective rail transport for both freight and passengers, will reduce costs of doing businesses in the region and significantly reduce the time spent on travel and transit, by both passengers and cargo respectively.

EA Rail

In the case of South Sudan, for instance, the rail link will boost its export to international markets. It will connect the South Sudan main capital Juba through its Nimule border with Uganda, and Kenya through Nadapal, and then Bor, Malakal, Renk and Paloch towns.

The project is expected to kick off in October 1, and will take 42 months to complete. The overall objective of the SGR protocol is to jointly develop and operate a modern, fast, reliable, efficient and high capacity railway transport system in the four countries and Great Lakes region at large.

For all your cargo inquiries to any destination in East and Central Africa, call us today on +31 10 476 0241 or email us:

We look forward to serving you!

May 10

PEACE at last in SOUTH SUDAN!!

By sowmedia | Blog

Nairobi| 9 May 2014

This day ushered in a new era to the peace process in the world’s youngest state of South Sudan which was in the brink of collapse from civil war. This comes at the wake of pressure mounted by the regional and international communities on cessation of hostility after the witnessing the massacre of innocent lives in various parts of South Sudan.

The two South Sudanese principles – President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his Former Vice President Dr Riek Machar met for the first time and held face-to-face talks which culminated in the signing of the peace agreement in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. These talks were held within the context of, and chaired by the chairman of IGAD, H.E. Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn of Ethiopia will work towards a complete cessation of hostilities agreement that was signed earlier this year.

South Sudan

This move will see a revamp of the economy and trade which has been adversely affected by the conflict in South Sudan. Already some international companies which had closed down and evacuated their personnel late last year have returned back in the country.

At Africa Shipping Logistics, business is as usual in this trade lane. We have embarked on increasing the number of trucks transporting cargo to and from South Sudan via the port of Mombasa, Kenya. We are foreseeing a more stable and bright future for this nation which was in the brink of collapse. We ensure efficient and effective door to door cargo delivery and always ensure that our clients are kept abreast on their cargo movement.

We handle all kinds of cargo ranging from breakbulk, containerised, heavy and project cargo. For all your cargo inquiries, call us today on +31 10 476 0241 or email us on We look forward to serving you!

Feb 10


By sowmedia | Blog

SuezCanal-ContainerShipThe Suez Canal toll fees are set to increase by 2% and 2.6% with effect from 1st May, 2014 for all vessels. This was announced by Suez Canal Authority (SCA) in a circular no. 02/2014 and 03/2014, issued out on 1st February, 2014. 

This move will see the increase in the shipping market rates by the shipping operators in order to cover the costs on the Indian ocean and Far East route. On the other hand the shipping operators will pass on the costs to the shippers in form of Suez Canal Surcharges.

On the Surcharge of Container tiers on Deck of containership

Article One

First: Southbound vessels: 
Circular No. 2/2007 shall remain in force

Second: Northbound vessels: 

The surcharge of container tiers on deck of containership shall be modified to become:
– 4% for vessels carrying one tier.
– 6% for vessels carrying two tiers.
– 8% for vessels carrying three tiers.
– 11% for vessels carrying four tiers.
– 15% for vessels carrying five tiers.
– 21% for vessels carrying six tiers.

Suez Canal1

– An increase of 2% shall be applied for each tier in excess of six tiers, which means that a surcharge of 23% shall be applied on vessels carrying seven tiers of containers…etc

Article Two
Circular No. 7/2011 shall be cancelled.

Article Three
This circular shall take effect as of 1/5/2014

source: Suez Canal Authority – Feb, 2014

Feb 05

Mission and Relief Cargo to Africa

By sowmedia | Blog


In movement of the mission and relief cargo shipments there are various challenges faced by the shipper who mostly are located in the cargo country of origin.  Most of the challenges faced are much attributed to geographical knowledge of the cargo destination; documentation processes with the customs and the government at destination which have proved to be more cumbersome. Adding to this is finding a trusted and reliable service provider to ensure the smooth flow of your cargo.

Most cargo in some instances have ended up in the local market instead of the intended final destination. In some cases, the shippers have been lured by very low-priced rates, which eventually become much expensive once the cargo arrives at the port of discharge and documents handed over. The providers come up with other hidden charges which initially were not part of the initial offered rate.

At Africa Shipping Logistics, we understand these challenges faced by many shippers and have strived to ensure that our clients do not have to worry about their cargo while on transit. This type of cargo requires efficiency and effectiveness in delivery without hindrance of the smooth flow of cargo while on transit to the final destination.

Mission and relief Cargo-1

We arrange and plan for the cargo movement from your door step to the final destination, thus leaving you free of the headaches and worries of your cargo.

Our qualified and experience personnel, ensures that your cargo is processed through customs from the port loading, discharge and border points without much delay. We also provide you with a direct contact person to ensure that you are updated on the cargo movement while on transit.

Our executive will always make a follow up with you as we begin the arrangement and planning of your cargo from your country of origin. We also offer free advice and consultancy on the movement of your cargo.

For Booking of space for your Mission, Relief or Humanitarian assistance cargo shipments please get in touch with us! You can call us on +31(0)10 476 0241 or send your request to

Visit our website to stay much updated about our services!


Feb 05


By sowmedia | Blog

CongoAn ECTN, or Electronic Cargo Tracking Note, is a digital document filled in by a forwarder. The forwarder’s country of registration will specify which agent will be of assistance.

An ECTN accompanies a shipment heading towards the Republic of Congo. The goods, fully described by the ECTN, can be cleared in Congo once the ECTN has been validated with a VISA which generates a Unique Registration Number, or URN. The agent may only grant a VISA to a shipment if the ECTN is within policy.

This data management provides information about the cargo on transit to the local Authorities, the trade trends and how it can impact on future policies.

The rates of the Notes

Following rates are applicable for the ECTN and CTN:

Cargo Tracking Note (CTN)

Exportations / All Continents / All transport modes / All products:

3000 FCFA / per transport document

Electronic Cargo Tracking Note (ECTN)

Importations from Africa and Europe:

  • Bulk 75 EUR / per BL / 300 Tons maximum
  • Conventional 75 EUR / per BL / 100 Tons maximum
  • 20′ Container 55 EUR / per BL / 5 TEU per ECTN
  • 40′ Container 55 EUR / per BL / 3 TEU per ECTN
  • Vehicle less than 5 tons 55 EUR / per BL / 5 units per ECTN
  • Vehicle more than 5 tons 55 EUR / per BL / 1 unit per ECTN

Importations from Asia, America and the rest of the world:

  • Bulk 100 EUR / per BL / 300 Tons maximum
  • Conventional 100 EUR / per BL / 100 Tons maximum
  • 20′ Container 100 EUR / per BL / 5 TEU per ECTN
  • 40′ Container 100 EUR / per BL / 3 TEU per ECTN
  • Vehicle less than 5 tons 100 EUR / per BL / 5 units per ECTN
  • Vehicle more than 5 tons 100 EUR / per BL / 1 unit per ECTN

For all shipments sailed without ECTN, the regularization by means of the import

CTN will be charged at the price of the ECTN plus 50%, source: Congolese Shippers Council-2013 Dec.

Ensure to confirm to get the updated rates.

Nov 14


By sowmedia | Blog

LCLIn enhancement of our service as we look to meet the needs of our clients, We @AFRICA  SHIPPING  LOGISTICS have re-introduced the GROUPAGE CARGO service

This service will enable most of our clients who cannot fill a full container load be able to send their individual cargo at more reasonable price. The service will begin with the hauling of a 20 or 40 FT (foot) size container depending with the availability of cargo.

This will be a monthly service from the Netherlands to Kenya in East Africa. We are also looking at encompassing the whole of East Africa for this service. All logistics mechanism and planning are in place to ensure the smooth flow of the cargo from the client’s address in The Netherlands to the address in East Africa.

As we continue to ensure the satisfaction of our client’s we shall embrace the door to door concept. This will see our client’s being free from the hustle and tussle of thinking and worrying about the cargo clearance at the port of Mombasa and delivery.

The service is scheduled to begin in Early January 2014, which shall see the first container being shipped out.

For more information on booking your cargo, contact us today on


Tel: +31(0)10 476 02 41 OR EMAIL :

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Africa Shipping Logistics
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