UAE-based container terminal operator, Gulftainer, has launched a new cargo clearance service which it claims, “offers unparalleled connectivity between the emirates of Dubai and Sharjah.” As well as time savings through enhanced online customs clearance, the company believes the initiative will benefit clients through the provision on on-site cargo inspections and testing services.
The new Sharjah Port of Trade (S.P.O.T) operation is based on a site at the crossroads of the E311 highway and Maliha Road. According to Fred Castonguay, Group Chief Operating Officer at Gulftainer, “S.P.O.T offers the fastest transit times and lowest service costs to deliver cargo north of Al Barsha area, as well as end-to-end connectivity across the UAE. Its strategic location, just 10 minutes from the E311 highway and 15 minutes from the E611 highway, enables a significant reduction of delivery costs from port to door. In addition to its highly accessible strategic location, customers now have the flexibility to complete inspections in their warehouse via a phone call and easily clear their cargo.”
He added: “S.P.O.T geographically positions cargo in the heart of the UAE’s commercial operations, significantly cutting down on delivery time and final mile cost. In fact, over 75 per cent of the UAE’s local cargo base is closer to S.P.O.T than to any other port in the UAE. Consequently, customers can minimise time, trucking costs, as well as the environmental impact of their cargo deliveries.”
The company says that several shipping lines have already expressed their interest in using S.P.O.T, which will in effect serve as inland extension of the Khorfakkan Container Terminal.