Friday, January 22, 2021

Abu Dhabi Ports takes over inland container depot in effort to improve Middle East supply chain

Abu Dhabi Ports has signed an agreement with Transportr to manage its inland container depot (ICD) in Musaffah and deliver fully inclusive transportation solutions for containers to and from Khalifa Port.

The agreement will only improve connectivity between Transportr’s depot located within Lttihad Paper Mill and Khalifa Port, but will also cut costs for transport of containers and simultaneously improve supply chain efficiency.

Transportr has already secured the movement of over 15,000 TEU for 2021 from several prominent industrialists located in ICD 1, 2 and 3, and is expected to increase the handling to over 20,000 TEU over the course of the year.

Saif Al Mazrouei, Head of Ports Cluster at Abu Dhabi Ports, said: “We are proud to have been selected by Transportr to handle the transportation of their goods between Khalifa Port and their inland container depot in Mussafah.

“Leveraging our expertise in delivering top of the line logistics services, as well as our long-standing experience as a facilitator of trade within the emirate of Abu Dhabi, we will aid Transportr in reducing costs and streamlining their operations.

“Connectivity for the entire Musaffah trade will also be improved through reduced waiting times, increased availability and integration with shipping lines.”

Alaa Hawari, General Manager of Transportr, said, “We’re tremendously excited to work closely with Abu Dhabi Ports, the region’s primary facilitator of industrial logistics.

“The ICD establishment at the heart of Mussafah will be instrumental as we target significant strengthening of our digital freight marketplace operations and infrastructure, in addition, to collectively address the challenge of empty miles within the industry.

“Transportr’s unique ICD logistics model along with its efficient digital freight network will provide customers with access to a new fully integrated logistics model for servicing diverse range of cargo.”

Under the new contract, Abu Dhabi Ports will bring forth its full logistic capabilities to oversee inward and outward container handling at Khalifa Port, delivery of orders, processing customs documentation and procedures, container terminal handling, truck loading and unloading, as well as container inspections.

At the same time, the company will provide ICD-related container handling services as part of the contract offering shipping lines, local importers, and or exporters the ability to collect and offload containers within the ICD.

In addition to assisting Transportr, one of the fastest-growing digital freight platform in the UAE, in achieving greater economies of scale through reduced transportation costs — thanks to the utilisation of mixed-sized containers to and from its Mussafah-based ICD — the parties expect to improve supply between the companies under the group’s umbrella via an ongoing shuttle service.

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