Ethiopian to Inaugurate New Perishable Cargo Cold Storage Facility

March 8, 2013

The new warehouse, built in line with the highest international standards, covers a total area of 3700 sq. meters. It has a capacity to accommodate four aircraft cargo load at one-time. The warehouse has a receiving, skid storage, palatalization, and ULD storage area of 3,500 sq. meters. It has a controlled temperature facility ranging from 2 to 4 degrees centigrade.

It has also easy access for trucks and will be a one stop-shop for our customers, as the adjacent office building has Customs, Security, Quarantine and Ethiopian offices.
“In order to serve the growing exports of perishables in general and horticultural products in particular, we are building new storage and working area facilities and expanding our cargo network and fleet. This is especially good news for exporters of perishable goods such as flowers, vegetables, herbs, fruits and meat. 

The new perishable cargo warehouse and our new fleet of B777 freighters have special cooling capabilities and temperature control, enabling our exports to reach their destinations while maintaining their quality and freshness,” said CEO Tewolde GebreMariam. “In line with our Vision 2025 and our national obligation to support Ethiopian export growth, we have already placed orders for 4 B777 freighters and are finalizing preparations to build one of the biggest cargo terminals in the world, serving both dry and perishable cargo, with an annual capacity of 1.2 million tons , added CEO Tewolde GebreMariam.

Ethiopian, the largest cargo operator in Africa, currently operates six dedicated freighter aircraft to 24 cargo destinations in Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Asia thru its two hubs – in Addis Ababa and Liège, Belgium. It is the first airline in Africa to operate the B777 freighter with its extended range, efficiency and cooling capability.
Ethiopian Cargo is currently at the final stage of transforming into a profit center of the Ethiopian Aviation Group per Vision 2025. By 2025, Ethiopian Cargo plans to uplift 820,000 tons of cargo using 15 dedicated freighters by 2025.