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DHL and Ethiopian Airlines JV Eyes Further Growth in Ethiopia

DHL-Ethiopian Airlines Logistics Services – a joint venture between DHL and Ethiopian Airlines - is scaling its operations in Ethiopia. The company has named Berhanu Kassa as General Manager.

Previously director of logistics services at Ethiopian Airlines, Berhanu takes over the leadership of the joint venture company from Pramod Bagalwadi, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding, Sub-Saharan Africa, who was instrumental in the setup of the joint venture.

Berhanu’s appointment comes at a time when the country is focused on growing its economy by building industrial parks in key locations to accelerate growth of exports from Ethiopia.

Since its inauguration, DHL-Ethiopian Airlines Logistics Services has scaled up its operations considerably, and now offers a range of solutions for various sectors. In addition to air, ocean and road freight services, as well as value added services including customs brokerage.

Ethiopia is also one of the key competence centers for DHL’s Industrial Projects – a unit of DHL Global Forwarding that manages complex logistics projects including deep sea chartering activity and heavy-lift cargo. The team also provides International Supply Chain solutions for customers, to link multiple suppliers from different sourcing locations to various destination markets.

The DGF facilities in four key sites - Addis Ababa airport, Hawassa Industrial Park, Bole Lemi Industrial Park and the upcoming site at the Modjo Dry Port - provide a range of logistics solutions for various sectors.

The Hawaasa and Bole Lemi stations mainly serve export from the industrial parks, while stations in Addis Ababa and Modjo will serve both export and import, with capability to handle international supply chain projects, as well as customs brokerage.

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