REPORT: UAE cold chain logistics

REPORT: UAE cold chain logistics
The Middle East’s cold chain requirements continue to evolve, presenting new challenges and opportunities for LSPs in this sector.
Published: 5 September 2017 - 2:32 a.m.
By: ASC Staff

As one of the first companies to start operations, RSA has been a critical partner in leveraging Dubai South’s integrated multimodal logistics platform. Thanks to the company’s unparalleled speed, connectivity and efficiency of operations, RSA can transfer goods from sea to air in only a matter of hours, according to Shah, who said Dubai South was an up-and-coming hub for cold chain operations in the country.

“We are excited to welcome RSA Logistics’ latest venture, RSA Cold Chain, as part of our Dubai South community,” said Khalifa Al Zaffin, executive chairman of Dubai Aviation City Corporation and Dubai South, at the launch ceremony. “RSA Logistics and Dubai South have shared a warm association since the inception of the free zone. We have enjoyed watching the company break frontiers with its expansion projects and look forward to seeing it grow more alongside the development of this dynamic zone.”

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Kuehne + Nagel is also expanding its cold chain offering, having recently launched the KN FreshChain solution, which Frederik Reifegerste, senior vice president sales & marketing, Middle East and Africa at Kuehne + Nagel, says is essential given the unique nature of the MENA region’s cold chain market. “The GCC is a very heterogeneous region. Kuehne + Nagel can currently identify countries with infrastructure that fully complies with GXP standards, while others are in the process of improving. In order to reduce the risk of temperature excursions, in particular cross-dock and temporary storage facilities, the entire cold chain must be unbroken and KN FreshChain is one of the ways to ensure this.”

The temperature-controlled handling, transport and warehousing service for perishables uses a range of third party provided active and semi-active devices to measure all relevant physical parameters of any enabled shipment in transit. “Due to the seasonal weather conditions, moving cold chain commodities within the GCC always bears a higher risk than in regions with a more moderate climate,” Reifegerste adds. “The implementation of harmonised electronic information exchange connecting origin and destination country will simplify the transit and cut lead times significantly.”

“According to a study by the United Nations, one third of perishables is lost or wasted globally – this equals 1.3 billion tonnes per year,” adds Edwin Kalischnig, secretary-general of the global non-profit Cool Chain Association. “Our health, as well as billions of dollars is at risk, as perishables move through the global chain, so the stakes are high.”

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