Thursday, February 28, 2013

Automotive Freight Forwarding and Logistics Group Open UAE Headquarters

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UAE – French headquartered freight forwarding and automotive logistics specialist GEFCO has established its new subsidiary, GEFCO Middle East Fze, in the Jebel Ali free zone (Jafza) of Dubai. The office, which will be the company’s headquarters in the Middle East, was opened at the end of 2012 and will be fully operational in 2013 and it consolidates the company’s existing presence in the region which includes representational offices in Iran and Iraq opened in 2011 to support trade primarily with China, India and Eastern Europe.

According to GEFCO Senior Executives, the company is able to enter the market more aggressively and drive for more growth due to its recent acquisition by Russian Railways (RZD) which executives believe give the company a more commanding presence in the market and as a result the company intends to invest US$10 million into the UAE over the next two year. Stefano Pollotti, Country Manager UAE, GEFCO said:

“We are very excited with the potential opportunities to be gained from the opening of our new offices in Dubai, which not only marks our initial presence into the Emirates region, but also demonstrates our continuing move to address the growing need for highly reliable and effective logistic solutions from our customers.

“Making Dubai the headquarters of our Middle East offices proves to be very strategic and advantageous as we are located right in the heart of the region and central to the operations of various industry verticals. We remain highly confident in this key move to establish our presence and have even started to mull the possibilities of opening offices in Saudi Arabia, Oman and Qatar.”

Photo: GEFCO bosses announcing the new offices (From left to right): Stefano Pollotti, Chairman Luc Nadal, Christian Zbylut, Vice President and CEO of International Development, and Fulvio Villa, General Manager for Turkey.