The Logistics and Shipping Services Company of Ethiopia has commenced the construction of a dry port in Wereta – the Southern Area of Gondar, in the state of Amhara according to media reports.
The inter-modal terminal project whose first stone was recently placed will be partially operational within six months and will be built at a cost of 100 million birrs (about 3,5 billion USD) according to the Fana Broadcasting Corporate Radio Station.
The port will play a key role in facilitating and improving the country’s trade, especially raw materials and agricultural products directly from that region.
A dry port, also called inland port, is an inland intermodal terminal directly connected by road or rail to a seaport and operating as a centre for the transhipment of sea cargo to inland destinations.
Ethiopia already has seven dry ports, which aids the African nation to mitigate the difficulties caused by the lack of an outlet to the sea and promote the entry of foreign currency.
Experts say that the construction of these interior terminals are strategic because they help reduce the costs that the country has for the use of seaports.
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