Regional Hubs for Ecommerce in Africa
Posted on March 17th, 2017

The Universal Postal Union (UPU) has announced steps to implement Ecom@Africa, which aims to assist postal organizations develop their ecommerce hubs. Ecom@Africa will establish regional hubs in the eastern, southern, western, central and northern regions of Africa, and in February UPU announced locations for regional hubs for the southern and northern regions.
 
South Africa will be the base for the southern Africa hub, and UPU anticipates “a central parcel and goods hub that will include a warehouse, sorting and dispatch centre, as well as customs facilitation.” The hub will use the South African Post Office (SAPO) network for deliveries within the country and region. UPU points to South Africa’s strategic location, infrastructure, and high uptakes of Internet and mobile telecommunications as benefits for the hub. Read more.
 
Tunisia will host the northern regional hub, with a parcel and goods center established at the Tunis-Carthage Airport. UPU reports that the facility will include warehouse, sorting, dispatch and customs facilities, and the Tunisian Post will facilitate deliveries within the country and abroad. Read more.



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