et-Avocado train

ETHIOPIA: Avocados for export to Europe have been transported by rail for the first time, with a pilot refrigerated consignment of 24 tonnes of fruit travelling 750 km from Modjo Dry Port to Djibouti for onward delivery by sea.

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The shipment was undertaken as part of the National Cool Logistics Network, with a total transit time of 20 days.

‘This innovative cool supply chain for fruits, vegetables, flowers and other perishables will balance the trade and maximise the use of the Ethio-Djibouti railway’, said Aboubakar Omar Hadi, Chairman of the Djibouti Ports & Free Zones Authority and a member of the Cool Logistics Steering Committee.

The National Cool Logistics Network is developing Cool Port Addis, a cold-storage facility near Addis Ababa where agricultural produce is consolidated into refrigerated containers for national and regional distribution as well as rail transport to Djibouti.