Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Qatar Shipping Line Launches Door to Door Logistics Service for Gulf States

Aims to Capitalise on Growing SME Freight Segment
Shipping News Feature
QATAR – UAE – Milaha, a Qatar-based maritime freight and logistics conglomerate, has launched a door-to-door shipping service between Qatar and the UAE. Mainly targeting companies involved with the automotive spare parts, fashion retail, and the Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) sectors, Milaha will use its own marine transport assets and logistics infrastructure to fulfil the service. In January the company signed an agreement with the Kandla International Container Terminal (KICT) in India, to start the first direct common carrier container feeder service between Saudi Arabia and India.

That deal sees Milaha strengthen ties with the port of Jebel Ali in Dubai as well as Dammam and Jubail in Saudi Arabia and this new service is part of the company’s strategy to be a ‘one-stop shop’ for its partners’ shipping and logistics requirements and increase its influence amongst its neighbours. The frequency of the service will initially be weekly and will allow customers to track their cargo online from point of origin to destination.

MIlaha owns 100% of Qatar Navigation which in turn owns Qatar Shipping (also known by the rather unfortunate title of ‘Q Ship’), two of several freight connected subsidiaries and Milaha’s President and CEO Mr. Abdulrahman Essa Al-Mannai said:

“This new service is a great example of the advantage of our presence across the supply chain, and how we can leverage the synergies among our business units, in this case, our Logistics and Container Shipping units, to give our clients and partners seamless solutions at very competitive prices.”

The first consolidated shipment of the service is expected to take place this month.