BKIEA Export business line is staffed with 210 active professionals and workers. As stated in the above, BKIEA is one of the largest agricultural commodities trading companies in Ethiopia. This business line was established in 2005 primarily to export of different types of oil seeds and pulses.
Agricultural Commodities Exported to Global Market
BKIEA is currently concentrated on exporting sesame oil seeds and nuts. Its commodities trading business has registered revenues of USD 252,483,959.57 and 10,867,484.85 Euros in the last 5 consecutive years (2012/13- 2017/18). The following are the main agricultural commodities exported by BKIEA.
Sesame oil seeds
Whitish sesame oil seed Humera type and Wolega type are the major export items of BKIEA. It exports more than 50,000 tons of oil seeds every year. The export market share of BKIEA reaches about10% of the sesame oilseed in Ethiopia. BKIEA has 4 modern sesame seed clearing machines at Gelan town (South of Addis Ababa), Tatek industrial town (West of Addis Ababa), Bure town (West Gojjam) and Metema town (North Gondar). Each clearing machine has the capacity of clearing 3 tons of sesame oil seeds per day.
BKIEA exports organic Arabica coffee to the international market. More than 90% of Ethiopia’s harvested coffee is organically produced. The inherently superior quality of Ethiopian highland Arabica coffee is unmatched, particularly in flavor and aroma. Therefore, BKIEA has established coffee clearing machine at Tatek (industrial zone found 20 km west of Addis Ababa) with a capacity of clearing 2 tons of coffee per a day.
BKIEA exports pulses to different global destinations. Pulse crops are important components of crop production in Ethiopia's smallholders’ agriculture, providing an economic advantage to small farm holdings as an alternative source of protein, cash income, and food security. Pulses have also played an important role in the export sector generating foreign currency for the country.