Gulftainer joins Arab Federation for Freight Forwarders and Logistics
Federation focuses on developing and standardizing transportation and logistics in the Arab World.
Leading international port management and logistics company Gulftainer has joined the Arab Federation for Freight Forwarders and Logistics (AFFFL) as an acting member, which will allow the company to participate in the Federation's activities and suggest projects and ideas on how to develop the logistics industry in the Arab world.
The Federation, which operates under the Arab League, is considered one of the Council of Arab Economic Unity’s Quality Federations and also an advisory body to the Arab Ministers of Transportation. It has several activities, the most important of which is submitting suggestions and draft resolutions related to the transportation and logistics industry to the Arab League and Arab Governments. The federation meets frequently with Arab Ministers of Transportation to discuss standardization of the industry in the Arab world.
Speaking of the company’s decision to join the AFFFL, Gulftainer Business Development Manager Ibrahim Serhan said, "Gulftainer's membership in the Arab Federation for Freight Forwarders and Logistics will enable us to participate in suggesting projects and developing legislation related to the region’s logistics industry. We are confident that because of Gulftainer’s extensive experience in the region, going back over 30 years, and because of our projects in different Arab countries, Gulftainer will have much to bring to the table, and we look forward to adding our experience and expertise to the discussions and development process."
AFFFL coordinates between its members and supports their interests in the field of multi-model international transportation and logistics services, and promotes strengthening the relationship between its members with the goal of reaching economic integration and developing the trade between Arab countries.
Sharjah-based Gulftainer has been operating in the UAE since 1976, and operates two ports in the country - Khorfakkan Container Terminal, strategically located on Sharjah's Indian Ocean coast, outside the sensitive Straits of Hormuz and close to the main east-west shipping routes, and Sharjah Container Terminal, the first purpose-built and fully-equipped modern Container Terminal in the Middle East, lying adjacent to Sharjah's industrial area.
In mid-2009 Gulftainer signed an agreement with international plastics company Borouge to provide on-site logistics services - including bagging and packaging, container yard operations and maintenance of associated equipment and vehicles - at Borouge’s polyolefins plant in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi, over the next five years.