Monday, July 18, 2011

GEFCO Opens New Logistics Company in Kazakhstan

Central Asian Expansion for French Operator
Shipping News Feature

KAZAKHSTAN – French freight and logistics group GEFCO has announced the opening of a new subsidiary company in Kazakhstan. The new company is based in Kazakhstan’s capital Almaty and will reinforce GEFCO’s presence in Central Asia, an area that the company says is increasingly important to it’s customers due to an “increase in international logistic flows.”

Sultan Zhassybay, who has been appointed Director General of GEFCO Kazakhstan, said that:

“The geographical situation of Kazakhstan, in the middle of Eurasia, makes it possible for this country to play the part as a bridge between Europe and Asia, thus connecting the countries of Central Asia, like Uzbekistan, Kirghizstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, to Europe. China also enters the Russian and European markets via Kazakhstan.

“Moreover, the industrial sector and the foreign trade of Kazakhstan are experiencing strong growth, thus creating an environment favourable for the development of logistic infrastructures and transport”.

GEFCO Kazakhstan will offer supply chain solutions to clients in the Central Asian region, with the intention to expand in the future to include specialist logistics services to industrial customers with manufacturing facilities in the area.

“By matching the expertise and the quality of the services offered by GEFCO, we wish to reach the highest European standards. We thus hope to contribute to the development of the logistics and transport sector in Kazakhstan,” Sultan Zhassybay added.