Sharjah-based Gulftainer recently celebrated the signing up of the first customers for its newly introduced ocean cargo clearance service, Sharjah Port of Trade (SPOT). Barely a month after the launch, the company has already secured four customers for SPOT, which is designed to operate as an inland extension of the Khorfakkan Container Terminal (KCT).
The SPOT facility is located at the crossroads of the E311 highway and Maliha Road, providing “excellent” connectivity between Sharjah and Dubai. Gulftainer claims that users of SPOT will benefit from substantial cost and time savings.
The GALEX service (GLX), operated jointly by Emirates Shipping Line (ESL) and Korea Marine Transport Co. (KMTC), was the first to benefit from the new facility. They have since been joined by the operators of two new services calling at Sharjah Container Terminal. The first of these connects Sharjah to India, and operates in partnership with the RHS Group, while the second links the emirate with upper Gulf countries in partnership with MAG Container Lines (MCL). Peter Richards, Group Chief Executive of Gulftainer, commented: “SPOT offers the fastest transit times to deliver cargo north of Al Barsha area, as well as end-to-end connectivity across the UAE. Its strategic location enables a reduction of delivery costs from port to door by as much as 80 per cent.”