Cargo Breaking News ME, 31 March 2023
Jafza Logistics Park to be completed in 20 months
The Jafza Logistics Park is likely to be completed in less than two years. After completion, the Jafza Logistics Park project will cover a total area of more than 46,000 sq. mts., of which 87 per cent will be allocated to warehousing, while the remaining space is dedicated to office facilities.
The project is expected to act as the region’s premier hub for business, enabling several companies from over 140 countries to set up their respective businesses. The new logistics park is set to be an ideal hub for global trade, given its proximity to the Jebel Ali Port and the Al Maktoum International Airport.
The park will build on the success of the Logistics Cluster and cater to the government and private sector as well. The cluster and the park will be a specialized industrial, trading, and logistics zone built to facilitate imports and exports. Among its many features, the park will have three loading bays and one level access per unit. It will also include a 12.7-metre usable stacking height.
Dubai-based firm to set up logistics terminal in Somalia
UAE-based DP World setting up a logistics terminal at the Port of Berbera in Somaliland in a bid to reduce supply chain costs and create local jobs around the port. The terminal will have an initial storage capacity of 18,000 tons and will service vessels of up to 16 m, allowing edible oil imports and packaging via the port for the first time, making it more affordable for people in the region and generate jobs locally.
The logistics giant said it plans to transform Berbera into an integrated maritime, logistics and industrial hub, to serve the Horn of Africa, which has a population of 140 million. The initial phase of the terminal is leased on a long-term basis to Mzahim Investment LLC, a subsidiary of UAE-based Essa Al Ghurair Investments, with development of a local packaging plant to follow, employing up to 100 people.
UAE-based AD Ports launches new weekly shipping service
AD Ports Group announced the launch of a new weekly shipping service that improves commercial and logistic connectivity and facilitates trade with Qatar and Kuwait. In addition to providing a free shipping service for cargo arriving via land transport throughout the Holy Month of Ramadan, in which cargo will be shipped via container vessels between UAE’s Khalifa Port, Qatar’s Hamad Port, and Kuwait’s Port of Shuwaikh and/or Port of Shuaiba.
AD Ports Group will provide customers with a digital appointment booking system for the new shipping service, through Advanced Trade and Logistics Platform, developed and operated by Maqta Gateway, the digital arm of AD Ports Group, under the supervision of the Department of Economic Development, Abu Dhabi. Captain Ammar Mubarak Al Shaiba, Acting CEO, Maritime Cluster and SAFEEN Group, AD Ports Group, said, “As a facilitator of logistics, industry, and
trade, we are harnessing the capabilities to meet the requirements of customers and partners.
We always strive to establish business partnerships and launch new services to develop ways of cooperation and integration. The launch of this new service to Qatar and Kuwait reflects our endeavor to expand our services and enhance our access to regional and global markets, in line with the vision of our wise leadership aimed at positioning Abu Dhabi as a leading global hub for trade and logistics.”
Astral Aviation expands cargo route to Abu Dhabi
Astral Aviation, a cargo-only airline, has just signed. a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Etihad Airways Cargo in a bid to enhance cooperation between the two entities. With this partnership, Astral Aviation hopes to increase trade opportunities between the Middle East and Africa.
The announcement come off-the-backs of several other partnerships announced earlier in the year, including an agreement with Air Logistics Group, the world’s leading cargo sales and services agent, that would increase online booking capacity for the airline, the airline’s official said in a press statement.