UAE rail network developer, Etihad Rail’s recently signed joint partnership agreement with the General Administration of Customs in Abu Dhabi is aimed at meeting freight transport and logistics requirements. The partnership agreement is expected to enable freight trains to operate more efficiently by adopting best practices in the industry and smart electronic technology. The agreement was signed by Rashed Lahej Al Mansoori, Director General of the General Administration of Customs in Abu Dhabi, and Shadi Malak, Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Rail. H.H. Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of Etihad Rail; and Jassim Mohammed Buatabh Al Zaabi, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Office and Acting Chairman of the Department of Finance, attended the signing ceremony.
H.H. Sheikh Theyab said, “This joint partnership agreement represents an important step in Etihad Rail’s future strategy and contributes to its vision of safely and sustainably connecting regions and integrating industries through rail-based transport. This will strengthen the role of the Etihad Rail project in promoting the UAE’s international trade and facilitate customs clearance, as well as establish a significant shift in the logistics sector by providing an efficient and sustainable rail network and unique shipping solutions in the UAE.”
Phase Two of the Etihad Rail project is now underway and when completed will run for 605 km from Ghuweifat to Fujairah through Khalifa Port in Abu Dhabi, as well as the ports of Khor Fakkan, Jebel Ali and Fujairah.