GAC and Natural keep imports cool

The two companies have developed a chilled ocean container service for importers bringing in perishable food products.

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By  David Ingham Published  August 31, 2004

GAC Logistics and Natural Ltd of Switzerland have introduced a chilled cargo container service for ocean imports from Europe to Dubai. The service has been developed specifically for importers who need a reliable and cost efficient way to bring in perishable food products. In order to offer the service, two key consolidation hubs have been established in Port Rotterdam and Jebel Ali in Dubai. Chilled products such as cheese, butter, juice concentrates, sausages or pharmaceuticals originating from all over Europe are consolidated in Port Rotterdam, and then shipped directly to Jebel Ali for domestic consumption or re-distribution within the region. “The importance of a tight supply chain is heightened in the Middle East where outside temperatures can exceed 50 degrees celsius during summer,” says Dag Bore, general manager, GAC Dubai, Logistics Services. "Leveraging our expertise in cold chain logistics, international manufacturers, distributors and retailers can maintain strong and seamless links along from start to finish." A key advantage of the service, according to the two companies, is that importers no longer need to order a full container load. This allows greater inventory control and cost savings. Products are kept at temperatures of between 4 and 18 degrees celsius during shipment. On arrival, products are stored at GAC’s cold chain logistics facility at Jebel Ali Free Zone, which is equipped with chilled and deep frozen storage technology and is one of the region’s largest cold storage warehouses. For the distribution leg, GAC Logistics’ integrated, pan-Gulf road transportation network is supported by its own fleet of temperature controlled vehicles. “Natural Ltd has had a fruitful working relationship with GAC for more than two decades. After Dubai, we plan to extend this service to Kuwait, Doha and Saudi Arabia via GAC’s Middle East Network,” says Usman Khan, Middle East manager, Natural Ltd.

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