United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP)

(May 26, 2024)



DESCRIPTION: Provision of Overland (cross-border) Freight Transport

Services from Berbera, Somalia to Ethiopia

CLOSING DATE FOR SUBMISSION: Thursday, 06 June 2024, 12:00 hrs.


The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Ethiopia is seeking qualified overland (cross-border) freight transport operators to present their Expressions of Interests (EOI) for provision of overland (cross-border) freight transport services from Berbera to various locations in Ethiopia.


1. Objective

This invitation for expression of interest aims to identify qualified local companies for the provision of overland transport services from Berbera, Somalia to Ethiopia. The shortlisted companies will be invited to participate in a bidding process to provide the services. Based on the results of the competitive bidding process, WFP may conclude a contract with one or more company(ies) for the provision of the services. The cargo to be transported consists of food and non-food items, as necessary.

2. Required services

Overland (cros: -border) freight transport services for the transportation of food and no food items.

3. EOI process

WFP seeks to shortlist companies/organizations with demonstrable technical and financial capabilities, who will be invited to participate in the bidding process. After the deadline, WFP will evaluate all submitted EOI’s, and only successful participants will be notified by email of the outcome of the evaluation.


All documents should be presented in English and in an orderly manner as per the guidelines below.

1. Documents to be submitted:

The expression of interest must include the following documentation:

  1. Company’s confirmation in writing of their interest (Application) to join WFP’s database or shortlist of companies for the requested services, clearly stipulating the preferred areas to operate.
  2. Renewed Trade Registrations and Business License
  3. Renewed Transport Operating License from Ministry of Transport and Logistics including accredited list of trucks under your company.
  4. Taxpayer Registration Certificate.
  5. Updated company profile information: Including contact details, (e-mail address is mandatory, website, address/physical location, telephone, fax numbers) and experience in the freight transport operation.
  6. Independently Audited Financial Statement, at least for two (2) years, accompanied by a letter of sound accounts transactions from the company’s bank.
  7.  Recommendation letters from three credible clients and other relevant documents required to operate in overland freight transport operation. Non-provision of the required information may result in exclusion of the company from further consideration.

2. Closing date of submission and contact details

The EOI and any supplementary documentation must be submitted in a sealed envelope and deposited at the Registry of WFP Ethiopia in Addis Ababa using the address below no later than Thursday, 05 June 2024, 12:00 hrs (local time).

  •  The cover of the envelope should contain the following information – EOI Reference Number, the Date of Submission, and the name of the company.
  • All EOIs should be duly signed and stamped.
  •  All requests for clarifications should be sent to the following email address: addis.logisticscontracting@wfp.org


World Food Programme – P.O. Box 25584 – Bole Sub City, Woreda 02 Ring

Road, Opposite cargo terminal, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Attention: Logistics Unit – Contracting Section

3. Further information

This expression of interest does not constitute a solicitation. WFP reserves the right to change or cancel the requirements at any time during the EOI. WFP also reserves the right to disregard companies from further consideration if the company is not deemed to conform to the above conditions.