Challenges in logistics are numerous, but when you’re tasked to move an entire temporary airport terminal from Europe to Qatar in the Middle East, it’s a new ball game altogether as GAC Qatar discovered.
As part of the overall plan to enhance Immigration, Customs and Quarantine clearance at Qatar’s Doha International Airport, the Doha Asian Games Organising Committee (DAGOC) together with Qatar’s civil aviation authorities arranged for a temporary airport terminal to be erected adjacent to the existing operating international passenger terminal.
The contract for this special installation was awarded to German conglomerate Siemens AG, a global provider of leading-edge solutions in information & communications, automation control, power, transportation, medical and lighting. Siemens selected GAC as their logistics partner for this challenge.
According to a DAGOC spokesperson, Qatar is sparing no effort to ensure that athletes, officials, spectators, and valued visitors to Qatar are cleared speedily through its airport. The present international airport terminal will continue to serve passengers arriving on all international flights.
“The Temporary Airport Terminal will be used exclusively for all arriving sportspersons, officials, baggage, equipment and cargo. Special arrangements are being made here for “live animals” as we expect over 120 horses for the equestrian event for the 2006 Asian Games,” he added.
According to Neelesh Bhangle, GAC Qatar Game Wide Freight Manager, Doha Asian Games 2006, GAC is processing between 80 to 100 containers arriving from numerous points of origin in Germany, Spain, Portugal, Austria, and Netherlands for this important structure.
The Temporary Airport Terminal will function prior to the Games and will be removed and re-exported after the event. To expedite this move, GAC Qatar, through their excellent relationship with Qatar Customs and Siemens, managed to secure temporary import permission, in spite of very stringent import and Customs rules and regulations prevailing in Qatar.
GAC Qatar is providing service from collection and movement of freight via GAC partners overseas, all destination services, including Customs clearance, temporary import permissions and transportation of the containers and cargo to the airport site.
“In addition, we are also providing Siemens with all the support they need on the ground. This includes equipment rentals such as forklifts, side loaders, office modules, and washroom modules -which we have provided locally in the form of portacabins - on site,” Neelesh said.
To ensure a seamless link in process and communications with the client, GAC Qatar has stationed its Logistics Supervisor, Nicklas Ebersson to liaise directly with the Siemens team at their on-site office.
Commenting on the freight loads arriving into Doha, he said, “The largest we have handled so far is the outer tent structure of the Temporary Airport Terminal which is in excess of 315 cubic metres.”
The consignment loaded in remaining containers arriving into Doha includes everything to run an airport terminal efficiently. These include office mountings, Immigration and Customs counters, Quarantine bays and counters, baggage conveyor belts, chairs, seating arrangements, surveillance and computer equipment.
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