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Ethiopia Imports Thousands Of Tonnes of Fertiliser Through Lamu Port As LAPSSET Takes Off

Top Ethiopian executives traveled to Kenya on Saturday, May 11, to take delivery of 60,000 metric tons of fertilizer that had been imported via Lamu Port. 

Kenya hailed the action as a major step toward commercializing the South Sudan Ethiopia Corridor Project (LAPSSET) at Lamu Ports. 

The fertilizer shipment was the first of several cargo movements that will be seen in Lamu Port, according to the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA)

“Ethiopian vessel MV Abbay II docked at the Port of Lamu with a consignment of 60,000 metric tons of fertiliser,” KPA spoke of the vessel.

“The maiden call by the Ethiopian ship marks the inaugural cargo destined for the transit market through the Port of Lamu.”

Minister of Agriculture Girma Amante, Minister of Transport Dange Boru, and CEO of Ethiopia Shipping and Logistics Beniso Amelo were among the prominent Ethiopian officials who received the MV Abbay II.

Along with the Ethiopian officials were William Ruto, Managing Director of Kenya Ports Authority, and Lamu Governor Issa Timamy.

The fertiliser will now be packaged and unloaded at the port’s quayside, which are warehouses close to the Indian Ocean. 

After packaging, it will be driven via the corridor to the border town of Moyale, where it will be unloaded and taken to the Ethiopian market. 

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Former President Uhuru Kenyatta commissioning the Lamu Port.

This is a victory for LAPSSET, which aims to link Kenya, Ethiopia, South Sudan, and Uganda with other East African nations.

“The vessel docks at the port barely a month after Kenya Ports Authority acquired three ships to shore Gantry cranes which are expected to boost operations at the second commercial port,” KPA stated of the milestone. 

According to LAPSSET, this was accomplished after talks with important parties and cargo interveners in order to resolve all obstacles, including non-tariff ones, that stood in the way of the Port’s smooth functioning.

Ethiopia Imports Thousands Of Tonnes of Fertiliser Through Lamu Port As LAPSSET Takes Off

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