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With the longest coastline on mainland Africa, Somalia is a country found in the Horn of Africa and has a mix of landscapes. Hot year-round with irregular rainfall and monsoon winds, it struggled with instability and mismanagement for over 20 years before a government was installed in 2012. Created in 1960 when an Italian colony and British protectorate merged, it has seen slow development and fractured relations with its neighbours. Previously known for piracy and Islamist insurgency, the country is becoming more confident again and enjoying small growth, although the areas of Puntland and Somaliland now govern their own affairs. Of its more than $500 million of exports, livestock, sugar refining, textiles, bananas, fish, charcoal and scrap metal are the major players, and the transport much of it to the Middle East. As an underdeveloped country, it doesn’t have the capacity for much tourism and not many people travel the 2,000 miles from the UK. This means that finding parcel delivery to Somalia is difficult.
The coastal city of Mogadishu is the largest place in the country and also the capital. It has been an import port on the Indian Ocean for centuries and is home to around 1.3 million residents. With a population of 11 million, there are also other large towns including Hargeysa, Berbera, Kismayo, Merca, Jamaame, Baidoa and Burao. Although only 15% of roads are paved, there are around 14,000 miles of roadways throughout the nation to connect all the major towns and cities. There are international airports around the country, in seven cities, Somali Airlines is the national airline and this means that it is easy for goods to get in and out of the country. Also, with such a huge stretch of coastline, there are major ports in four cities but there is no railway through the country.
My Parcel Delivery’s current range of couriers and parcel delivery services don’t have any services to Somalia, but we’re always working to expand our offering, so contact us now for advice on sending your parcel.