The number of cars caught crossing Ethiopia’s border illegally in the 2012-13 fiscal year.  The number of cars entering into Ethiopia has grown by leaps and bounds in the past few years, according to sources close to the issue. This growth in the number of cars in Ethiopia is especially true in Addis Ababa. In the past three years alone the number of cars that entered to the roads of Addis Ababa with a license plate code of ‘2’ (private use vehicles) has accounted for close to 50Pct of all the city’s cars. 

The illegal entering of cars through the Somalia and Kenya borders has been immense in previous years, but with the strengthening of border control and ERCA’s modern systems, the trend is slowly decreasing. In 2012-13, however, the government caught 1,089 cars attempting to cross the border illegally.

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