Ethiopia, Eritrea to open four commercial border
by Engidu Woldie
ESAT News (January 15, 2019)
Ethiopia and Eritrea would soon
open four commercial checkpoints to monitor and
regulate cross border trade between the two
countries, according to the Ethiopian Customs
The Commission has also prepared
a commercial transit protocol, which has been
referred to the relevant body at the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs, the Ethiopian News Agency
quoted Mulugeta Beyene, deputy commissioner as
The commercial transit protocol
would soon become a law and would help the
regulation of commercial activities and
import-export trade between the two countries,
according to Mr. Beyene.
Ethiopia and Eritrea reopened
their common borders at three fronts after a two
decades enmity ended in July 2018 when the two
countries signed a peace declaration.
The western border, Humera in
Ethiopia and Oum Hajer in Eritrea, was reopened
last week in the presence of the leaders of the
two countries. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy
Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki had
also presided over the opening of the Zalambessa
and Bure fronts in September.
But the Zalambessa front has been
closed since last month until customs and other
formalities had been completed.
The report said two of the four
commercial checkpoints would be on Zalambessa
According to a peace declaration
signed in July, Ethiopia and Eritrea agreed to
resume commerce and transportation, in addition
to the resumption of diplomatic relations.