Saed Al Awadi, Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Exports with Khalid Al Shirawi, CEO, GSL
Dubai Exports, the export promotion agency of the Department of Economic Development, Government of Dubai, has brought select third party logistics (3PL) providers to its partnership network as part of extending world class, value added services and capabilities to exporters in Dubai.
“As a government facilitator of trade in Dubai, we are constantly seeking ways to provide value added third party services, such as Credit insurance, Product Certification etc. to exporters,” said Engineer Saad Al Awadi, Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Exports.
“In 2011, our partners in Product Inspection, Certification and Testing directly facilitated our members in AED50 million worth of exports through various value added services. In 2012, those exports reached nearly AED 130 Million within the first eight months. We look forward to achieving greater successes with our new 3PL partners,” added Al Awadi.
Al Awadi further added: “Our focus in selecting our logistics partners is to have a balance between the local as well as international perspectives on Dubai as a regional hub. It will ensure our members have the right partners who understand their needs and help them grow their business.”
The new 3PL partnership will be a significant addition to Dubai Exports’ initiatives to promote exports and re-exports of local firms and facilitate their access to new markets. Logistics being an integral part of the export process, the partnership will also allow exporters to enhance operational efficiencies and gain cutting edge market knowledge.
The service providers chosen by Dubai Exports as 3PL partners initially include Global Shipping & Logistics LLC and BDP Global Project Logistics LLC.
Global Shipping & Logistics (GSL) is a leading 3PL provider, strategically located in Dubai Investments Park, from where it offers a wide portfolio of supply chain requirements including freight management, controlled warehousing, transportation, distribution and customised packaging.
"GSL’s customer loyalty, extensive experience, quality, and integrated infrastructure have made the company the custodian of many premium global brands and multinational corporations. Through this partnership with Dubai Exports we aim to provide value added services to both manufacturers and traders seeking 3PL services, thereby facilitating their contribution to the nation's GDP,” said Mr Khalid Al Shirawi, CEO, GSL.
BDP Global Project Logistics LLC, part of the global group BDP International, serves global supply chains and leading industry sectors across 120 countries. Their services include transportation management, warehousing, distribution, freight forwarding, project logistics and customs clearance.
“We are highly appreciative and supportive of the efforts of Dubai Exports to promote economic growth. BDP brings to exporters in Dubai its global network, technology, local and global expertise and value addition through compliance and proactive approach. Our vision is “To be the best provider of global logistics solutions” which is key for industry growth,” said Virendra Sehgal, Managing Director (Gulf & M.E), BDP Global Project Logistics LLC.
Benefits accruing to Dubai Exports members from the partnership include value added international freight forwarding and 3PL services to facilitate exports to various countries. For selected services, the service providers will also offer preferential packages. The partnership will see the logistics companies involved working with Dubai Exports to produce awareness/information publications and provide regular industry updates on tariffs, regulation and operations for the benefit of Dubai Exports members.
The service providers will also assist reexporters and transhipment customers to progressively gain further value addition, for example, through packaging and other additional services within Dubai, thereby supporting economic development in Dubai, and provide free trade advisory services related to logistics and shipping.
Logistics being a key component of exports we try to bring the most efficient supply chain solutions and partners to our members. Recently, we hosted our members at the ‘Multimodal Middle East’ seminar in Dubai as part of our ‘Connecting with Exporters’ programme, to enable them gain the latest industry updates and meet potential partners,” stated Al Awadi.