Autoterminal Khalifa Port, a joint venture between Abu Dhabi Ports and Autoterminal Barcelona, the operator of the ro-ro terminal at Khalifa Port, has opened a new technical centre aimed at diversifying the portfolio of services on offer to customers.
Believed to be the first facility of its kind in the region, the centre provides a wide range of value-added services for customers within the Middle East’s automotive market, from pre-delivery inspection to accessory fitting. Automotive importers stand to benefit from reduced labour and transportation costs, as vehicles can be prepared for showroom display, or the receiving consignee, without needing to visit a third party facility.
Pierre Algeo, Chief Executive of Autoterminal Khalifa Port, said: “Using our centre, clients will be able to conduct any necessary modifications prior to final delivery, streamlining their operations and achieving improved cost savings.”
In addition to offering car washing, pre-delivery inspection and polishing on site, the facility will have the capability to conduct repairs, as well as to accessorise and convert vehicles. The site will also provide a refuelling service in the near future, which will ensure vehicles are fuelled before their departure from Khalifa Port.
The processing of vehicles through Autoterminal Khalifa Port, including the technical centre, is carried out via the Carsys app. Developed in-house, the app allows users to scan and log vehicles passing through the facility. In addition to ensuring accurate reporting, and guaranteeing the traceability of all operations carried out on the vehicles, the Carsys app also allows its users to track the movement of their cars in real-time.
The new technical centre is the latest addition to Autoterminal Khalifa Port and expands the already extensive capabilities of the platform. Featuring storage for up to 15,000 vehicles, Autoterminal Khalifa Port offers multimodal solutions for automotive customers looking to either import vehicles to the UAE or distribute from the Middle East to East Africa and Western India.