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Connecting Dubai

22. March 2011

Austrian-based Cargo partner has chosen Dubai to open its portals for its advantageous position and its unique infrastructure for air and sea cargo. The Austrian Trade Commission opens door for discussion.

Cargo-partner, an Austrian based independent freight forwarder and logistics service provider, attempts to strengthen its connections between Europe and Asia by opening its portals for Sea and Cargo in UAE. The inauguration of its location in Jebel Ali took place within the Austria Connect Gulf 2010 in the presence of Dr. Penzias, the Austrian trade commissioner of Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates as well as Mag. Hörtnagl, the Austrian trade commissioner of Sri Lanka and India.
More than 60 % of cargo flows into the United Arab Emirates and their neighbouring countries go via the Emirate Dubai. Jebel Ali is the world’s 6th largest sea port; and the cargo area on Dubai Airport (DXB) is ranked on 8th position worldwide in international statistics. This makes it a location to reckon with
Recession or not, ,Dubai will be strengthened further as a central hub on an international level. A symbol for this is the “Dubai World Central” project which is currently under construction: Its key element is the new Al-Maktoum Airport with its six runways—the airport is already in the trial run. Apart from the new airport, office space and service infrastructure as well as a Logistics City, Industrial Clusters and a giant free zone are being established.
Reinforcing the need to open its portal sin UAE, Stefan Krauter, CEO of the cargo-partner group, says: “Consumption in the Emirate Dubai, which depends heavily on imports, has suffered only marginally from the wave of speculations at the end of 2009. Investment activity has been reduced to a normal scale after the long-lasting super-boom. For us, besides its local market, Dubai is even more interesting as a station of transit because of its very advantageous geographical position and its unique infrastructure for air and sea cargo. Dubai is not only the gateway to the other Emirates and Gulf States, but also a place of transshipment for large parts of Eastern Africa. It is especially attractive to us to keep our joint SEA/AIR transports from our own offices in Asia to European recipients under our own control from A to Z. Here, we are already able to offer our customers for this year’s Christmas business running times reduced by almost half as compared to sea cargo as well as substantially cheaper cargo rates as compared to pure air cargo. And whoever is able to fit this into their time management can also save storage costs and CO2 emissions in comparison with mere air cargo.
The cargo-partner group is present around the world with more than 100 offices and employs 2,000 employees in 27 countries.The company with headquarters in Austria is planning additional logistic locations in this region.