Sea Freight Services will improve transit times and boost reliability
DHL Global Forwarding has become the first logistics provider to launch fast-track sea freight clearance services at the Eastern Gateway Bonded Zone (EGBZ) at the King Fahad International Airport in Dammam, to speed up processing of LCL Sea Freight Services.
Located on a 100,000sqm site at Dammam’s King Fahad International Airport, EGBZ is designed to facilitate the movement of air and road cargo into Saudi Arabia in a seamless and efficient way.
EGBZ is the fastest growing and only site in Saudi Arabia that offers multi-modal, multi-user, multi-temperature facilities, along with a fast-track clearance gateway, national distribution hub and bonded storage facility, a press communique indicated.
DHL will provide reliable, fully managed end-to-end transportation, ensuring predictability across the supply chain.
Cargo received at the bonded facility will be cleared within 24 hrs from arrival to facility, thereby improving overall transit by at least six days compared to the conventional timelines.
“Through the facility, DHL Global Forwarding will be able to offer more direct services, cutting transit times to a minimum, with reliable, fully managed, end-to-end transportation, ensuring predictability across the supply chain and enabling timely delivery.
This means that container receiving, segregation, clearance, loading and delivery to the end user will be handled seamlessly by DHL Global Forwarding in collaboration with EGBZ authorities,” explained Sue Donoghue, CEO, Arab Cluster, and Managing Director, Saudi Arabia, DHL Global Forwarding.
“The DHL and EGBZ Fast Track Sea Freight clearance service will be beneficial for all stakeholders, including Saudi consignees seeking faster vessel to door delivery times,” commented Mark C. Anthony, Commercial Director Eastern Gateway Bonded Zone.
The major benefits of the Sea Freight Express Services at EGBZ are average consignment clearance times of less than 12 hours, avoidance of port demurrage penalties, avoidance of line detention charges, deferment of duty payments while cargo is held in Bond at EGBZ, the ability to utilize EGBZ as a hub and spoke for KSA LMD of cleared consignments, and the ability to carry out value added services on imports pre-clearance, the press statement concluded.
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