A ‘good news’ story

East Africa remains one of Africa’s good news stories – even in the airfreight sector where capacity is under severe pressure. According to Stephen Bishop, airfreight director at CFR Freight, East Africa at present accounts for two of the company’s top ten lanes.

By Liesl Venter- FTW

East Africa remains one of Africa’s good news stories – even in the airfreight sector where capacity is under severe pressure. According to Stephen Bishop, airfreight director at CFR Freight, East Africa at present accounts for two of the company’s top ten lanes.

“Nairobi in Kenya has traditionally been one of our biggest export lanes and continues to perform well,” he told Freight News. This was due to the ongoing demand for spares and other items in the mining sector as well as the growing agricultural sector.

“Furthermore, economies in the region are growing and are attracting investment from around the world. ”Bishop said freight solutions outside the main African hubs continued to pose a challenge in the region. “Also, as with most of Africa, offering delivered duty paid (DDP) is difficult as the customs formalities on the ground constantly pose a challenge. The bulk of our clients prefer to operate on free carrier (FCA) terms or worst-case scenario on a delivery at place (DAP) basis.”

Bishop said his outlook for East Africa remained extremely positive with economies such as Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Ethiopia continuing to grow.

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