Merchandise wholesale and Import Trade Enterprise (MEWIT) was established in 1993 by the merger of the former trading corporations, i.e. the Ethiopian Domestic Distribution Corporation and the Ethiopian Import Export Corporation. The enterprise's long years of experience has thought it that for a business success managerial accountability to the customer's satisfaction is the important one. MEWIT confirms that no matter where a business is located in Ethiopia, it can provide fast and cost effective services.

MEWIT's main activities include but are not limited to import and distribution of items such as building materials, general goods, food stuff, paper and stationery items, textiles, tyre and canvas. MEWIT also supplies distributes products on either credit or consignment basis in addition to acting as a commercial representative to various foreign companies. EWIT rents its multipurpose halls located at its head office for meetings and similar activities. It also rents warehouses along with well furnished offices in different parts of the country. MEWIT also renders weighbridge service at its head office and at Ethio-Sedar branch.

MEWIT has a total of 82 branch offices through out Ethiopia. These branches are classified in to three regional grous: Addis Ababa Commercial Departments (13 locations), Northern Commercial Departments (34 locations), Southern Commercial Departments (35 locations).

The government manages to accomplish better results in the manufacturing industry sector since the five years Growth and transformation plan (GTP) implemented in the sector. During these years various encouraging incentives scheme such as tax relief, Capacity building and loan facilitation provision have been provided for manufacturing industry.  However, for the last three years the result accomplished in the sector was below 50%.

The main reasons for this result are improper implementation of the GTP and Shortage of supply of inputs for the industries and inability to produce the inputs with in the country.  These factors have made most of the industries not to manufacture sufficient products with their full capacity.

 Among the various problems observed in the manufacturing industry sector, a few are noted below accordingly.

  • Most of the industries are obsolete and their products are also low in quality. In addition, the factories are not efficient in productivity.
  • Getting sufficient and standardized inputs with reasonable price is the main problem most industries are facing.
  • Extended and prolonged bureaucratic procedure in getting industrial inputs from abroad and export products as well a bottleneck in the sector.
  • High transportation cost, lack of proper logistics system and inefficient financial service are the major problems in the manufacturing industry sector.
  • The other ongoing problems observed in the sector are unable to Compete in the existing market and failure to building sustainable capacity on the sector.

Accordingly taking these drawbacks and weaknesses of the manufacturing industry sector, it is vital and mandatory to have on outstanding firm that manages the production and import of industrial inputs.  If possible export inputs excess of local consumption. Taking the existing situation into Consideration, the Ministry of Industry conducted a research in the textile and Hide and skin manufacturing industries which are the government priority area in the sector.  Thus the research indicates that the manufacturing industrial sector including agro processing industries are facing great impediments that may endanger the sector seriously particularly shortage of industrial inputs is the main problem that should be solved.

Taking this research as an inception the government established the Ethiopian Industrial Input Development Enterprise (EIIDE)  in 2015  with proclamation number 328/006/


The objectives for which the enterprise is established are:-

  • To establish, administer and transfer, whenever necessary, enterprises which ensure supply of industrial inputs;
  • To supply industrial inputs by manufacturing domestically and abroad;
  • To supply industrial inputs by purchasing from the local and international markets;
  • To export industrial inputs which are in excess  of the domestic industries consumptions;
  • To work jointly with enterprises which are engaged in producing and supplying industrial inputs and raw materials;
  • To implement strong supply chain management to ensure dynamic and efficient industrial inputs delivery;
  • To work in collaboration with local and international governmental and non-governmental institutions having similar objectives;
  • In line with the directives and policy guidelines issued by ministry of finance and economic development to sell and pledge bonds to negotiate and sign loan agreements with local  and international finance sources;
  • To engage in any other related objectives necessary for the attainment of its purpose;

Duty and Responsibility

  • Develop local manufacturing industries input resources with quality and quantity to alleviate foreign resource dependency.
  • Integrate the local manufacturing industrial inputs supplies to ensure abundant inputs provisions.
  • Establish partially processed products procedure through government development organizations.
  • Enhance economy of the country by exporting excess industrial input products.
  • Supply sustainable manufacturing industrial inputs for the agro-industry and stabilize the import/export transactions in the sector to resolve shortage of inputs supplies.
  • Import industrial inputs whenever there is a shortage and establish manufacturing industries to produce semi–processed inputs in order to make the factories function with their full capacity.
  • Encourage different manufacturing associations and industries to collect and store industrial inputs as a reserve to ensure sustainable inputs provisions and market in collaboration with governmental and private sectors to attain the intended goals.
  • Create a value chain, as the power and authority vested to the enterprise , to accomplish better supply of industrial inputs so as the sector function smoothly and sustainably.
  • Purchase and supply inputs sufficiently in a whole sale for the manufacturing industries and assists to expedite logistics management so as to enable the industries to be competent in the international and local market as well.

In order to perform and accomplish the above mentioned duties and responsibilities the enterprise needs great amount of capital, despite the fact that the government supplies certain amounts. Therefore, the enterprise is expected to develop and consolidate its capacity by searching other financial sources

Our Vision

To become Competitive and the best enterprise to supply industrial inputs with quality and quantity for the efficiency of manufacturing industries.

Our Mission

Alleviate the short supply of industrial inputs through the implantation of effective, sustainable and efficient systems to ensure the development of the country.  In order to attain this mission;

  • Build, administer and transfer industries that are engaged to make sure the supply of industrial inputs.
  • Purchase and supply industrial inputs.
  • Export the products which are excess of industries in the sector and maximize the country’s foreign currency.
  • Implements efficient and effective supply chain of industrial inputs.
  • Collaborate with government and private institution in the principle of cooperation and shared vision.

Our Values

  • Work with feeling of ownership.
  • Implement mission based responsibility.
  • Enhance service provision with passion and motivation
  • Implement effective resource utilization
  • Provide customer oriented services.
  • Be the owner of common goal and shared mission.
  • Ensure transparency and accountability.


EIIDE Agreement

EIIDE Administration