Ethiopian Airlines Group (ET) has collaborated with MailAmericas (MA), a private postal operator and gold member of the Universal Postal Union’s consultative committee, to develop competitive cross-border ecommerce services within Africa and the Middle East, with Addis Ababa serving as a hub.
Ethiopian Airlines will provide air transport services for moving goods across its large network. MailAmericas will provide market expertise and know-how it has gained in Latin America and Africa, where it has networks in more than 40 countries.
“As the leading air cargo service provider in Africa, we are delighted to team up with MailAmericas in launching ecommerce logistics services across Africa and Latin America,” said Ethiopian Group CEO Mesfin Tasew. “So far, we have served over 20 countries in Africa and Latin America together, and we are eager to expand our reach in the future. The collaboration allows us to better serve our customers by leveraging MailAmericas’ expertise, bilateral agreements, and private networks.”
“As one of the largest service providers of Cross Border E Commerce into Latin America, we are thrilled to partner with Ethiopian Airlines Group and expand our horizon into Africa’s territory,” said Tomas Miguens, President of MailAmericas. “Through our subsidiary Mailafrica, which has been providing services in the region for over 25 years, we have extensive knowledge of the region. It gives us great pleasure to collaborate with Africa’s leading airline. This will provide a better shopping experience for all customers by improving delivery time and package traceability”
We will work hard to strengthen this partnership and develop new business opportunities in order to maintain a mutually beneficial relationship with Ethiopian Airlines Group.” Ethiopian Airlines will gain access to all bilateral agreements and private networks of MailAmericas across the regions as part of the partnership, allowing it to offer competitive services to customers in Africa, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and other parts of the world.
Ethiopian is expanding its ecommerce logistics service and capacity by constructing an ecommerce hub in Addis Abeba with a total annual capacity of 150,000 tons. The e-commerce hub will be fully dedicated to e-commerce logistics operations, with an Automated Sortation System and Electronic Transport Vehicles (ETV) to ensure the smooth handling of shipments ranging from small parcels to boxes, skids, and builtup units (BUPs).
Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services, a major global cargo network operator with a modern warehouse accommodating one million tons per year, recorded an annual cargo uplift of approximately 770,000 tons in the fiscal year 2020/2021. It serves over 130 international destinations, including 66 dedicated cargo destinations with belly hold capacity in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and the Americas, as well as 14 dedicated freighters.
Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services also employs cutting-edge data, information, and market intelligence technologies, including 100% e-AWB from its main hub in Addis Abeba.