Emirates SkyCargo’s top cargo agents in the UAE have been recognised in style at the carrier’s annual awards lunch in Dubai.
The agents – representing 32 companies – were hosted by senior executives from Emirates SkyCargo – including Ram Menen, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President, Cargo, and Jassim Saif, Emirates’ Vice President, Cargo UAE – at the Grand Hyatt Hotel function.
“We are grateful for the continued support of all our cargo agents in the UAE and congratulate those who have received awards this year,” said Mr Saif, who – along with several of his colleagues – presented trophies and certificates to the leading cargo agents in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Sharjah and the Northern Emirates.
“It has been a challenging yet rewarding year for Emirates SkyCargo, with exciting levels of growth across several areas of our business. It is fitting then that the agents which have made such a valuable contribution are officially recognised,” added Mr Saif.
Those agents who received awards based on the revenue generated for Emirates SkyCargo in 2009-2010 were:
Freight (Dubai) – Swift Freight International, Dubai Express, Danzas AEI Emirates L.L.C, Schenker Dubai L.L.C, Barwil Unitor Ship Services, Aramex International, Bin Jassim Cargo and Forwarding LLC, International Transport services FZCO, Kuehne and Nagel Management LLC and Agility logistics.
Freight (Abu Dhabi) – Globelink West star shipping LLC, Swift Freight International LLC, Logwin Air & Ocean Middle East LLC, Expo Lanka Freight FZCO, Rajab Cargo Services, Dart Global Logistics LLC, Abu Dhabi Travel Bureau, Salem Freight International, Omeir Travel Agency and Abu Dhabi Media Company.
Freight (Sharjah and Northern Emirates) – Sharjah National Travel & Tourism Agency, Orient Travel & Tourism Agency and Umm Al Qiwain National Travel Agency L.L.C.
Freight (Al Ain) – Freight Wings Air Cargo, Bin Harmal Travel & Tourism – Al Ain
Top Courier Companies – DHL Worldwide Express, Federal Express, TNT Express.
Most improved agent – Emex Group FZC
Special Recognition – Transguard, Air Cargo Trader
Dubai Customs inspectors in Cargo Village caught more than 2 million tablets of narcotics classified as the top enlisted category. The consignment was incoming from an Asian country to be delivered to a company unlicensed for importing pharmaceuticals.
Mr. Omar Ahmed Aluhairi – Senior Manager of Dubai Customs Air Cargo Operation explained: During the routine operations of examining bills of entry, the description of the goods in the customs declaration was suspected. The consignment was detained until the declarant appeared to release. After tracking the activity, it was tuned out that the declarant got the bill of lading issued from the handling company without processing the customs declaration but only after 10 days. At his appearance, he wanted to re-export the goods by issuing a customs declaration of importation for re-exportation, the suspect was seen very much perturbed. This embarrassing situation led the team to examine the contents at his presence. The inspectors could put hand on 27 cartons containing 2.16 million tablets of narcotics weighing almost one ton and 235kg.
Mr. Omar learnt that a sample of the detained goods was referred to the inspector of Ministry of Health who available at the Cargo Village. the expert reported that the detained goods is enlisted as the first type of controlled category and the confiscated substance is surely not included within the medical prescription usage, in addition to that, the importation of such type of drugs is not allowed without a prior approval – the implicated company is clearly violated the law and the company at the same time is registered as a General Trading Company but is not licensed to import drugs. Besides, any importation of goods into the county must be on a prior approval from the Ministry of Health in UAE and approval from the exporting country.
The Ministry of Health inspector said: the usage of this drug is prescribed only for a limited dosage and not allowed without a medical prescription. This large quantity of importation by the company creates a lot of inquiries. It is also noted that the above mentioned conditions are unlikely applied on the owner of this company to import, export or re-export this type of medicines. On the basis of these details, a seizure report was issued, and legal procedures were taken against the owner of the company and the goods.
This medicine is used for relieving slight and hard pains. The medical studies describe the chemical characteristics of this medicine is similar to Morphine and Codeine product and if overused, this may consequently make the addicts increasingly use higher dosage to get satisfied. The reaction of this medicine is interrelated with strong desire and misbehavior of the addicts, many cases were reported on the misuse. On the other hand, there are many demands from the forensic laboratories requesting to enlist this medicine under Law on Anti-Drugs Control because of the effects of the medicine likely as the narcotics.
Mr. Omar Almihairi stressed on the role that played by the Customs to stand as a frontline defender to protect the community and responsibilities of preserving health and safety of individuals. Seriously endeavor to realize vision that laid down in its first strategic document in terms of supporting the legitimate trade worldwide. These objectives are targeted by Dubai Customs to achieve by providing qualified inspectors with high efficiency delegating them to join training courses, workshops, other training programs for learning body language, providing them with most advanced technology in the field of inspection, examination and the other skills which will help them in controlling attempts of smuggling prohibited and restricted goods
Dakar will be the catch of the day on 1st September as Emirates launches flights to the Senegalese capital.
Located off the Atlantic Ocean in the West of Africa, it has a rich tradition in fishing and its produce will be reaching the market fresher than ever once the only direct flight between Senegal and the Middle East is added to the airline’s network.
The Dubai-based carrier’s freight division, Emirates SkyCargo, expects to transport up to 3,500 tonnes of seafood a year in the belly-hold of the A340-300 which will be serving Dakar five times a week.
Fresh produce – such as lobster, shrimp and sea bream – will be landing in supermarkets and restaurants throughout the UAE and the rest of the GCC, as well as various destinations across the Emirates network, including Athens, Larnaca, Rome, Milan, Madrid, Paris and Beirut.
And – as the most western city on the African mainland, Dakar is a gateway for trans-Atlantic and European trade, meaning other produce – such as fruit and vegetables from Senegal and neighbouring countries – will also be transported to Dubai and beyond.
Ram Menen – Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President, Cargo – said: “With such a huge demand for fresh fish across our network, Dakar is a real catch for Emirates SkyCargo. Senegal has a reputation for fantastic seafood and Emirates is delighted that, as well as contributing to the development of the fishing industry, more and more people will be able to experience this wonderful taste of Africa."
“With Dakar the 19th African destination on our network, trade from the continent is playing an increasingly important role in our operation. This new trade route will create further opportunity for growth and strengthen our African ties, with Senegal now able to establish trade links with the UAE and other countries across our global network.”
Emirates’ role is not confined to just exporting fish and other fresh foods. Coming into Dakar on each flight, the airline will be transporting 65 tonnes of goods a week from various points on its network of more than 100 destinations, including oil industry equipment from the UAE; textiles from Asia, electronics from the East Asia and Europe; and a number of products and garments from India.
Trade between the UAE and Senegal, excluding oil industry volumes, grew by 90% – from Dhs 52 million ($14.2m) to Dhs 504m ($137.2m) – between 2003 and 2008. This upward trend continues with the latest available figures – Dhs 675m ($183.8m) – indicating the potential of the new trade route.
Ibrahima Cheikh Diong, Ambassador ,General Director of International Cooperation said, "According to the Senegalese Authority, the direct Emirates flight to the Middle East will be an invaluable asset as it will develop Senegal’s export industry. Dakar is a gateway to central Africa so this new trade link will not only bolster economic ties with the UAE, but also stimulate traffic between Senegal and countries throughout the continent.
“While our fishing industry will be the immediate beneficiary, many other businesses will reap rewards in the long term. Once established, this route will consolidate our position as a trade hub between Africa and the rest of the world.”
Emirates will fly non-stop to Dakar five times a week every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Emirates Flight 797 will depart Dubai at 09:55 and touch down at Dakar’s Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport at 16:00hrs the same day.
The return flight departs Dakar at 17:40, arriving in Dubai at 07:15 the following morning. The service connects seamlessly to key centres within the Middle East, the Indian Sub-continent, Asia and the Far East.
Senegal is one of five new Emirates routes to be launch in 2010, following Tokyo, Amsterdam, Prague and Madrid, and will take the airline’s total number of destinations to 105.
Dnata Cargo Ready To Offer Ground Handling Expertise At The New Dubai World Central – Al Maktoum International Airport
After twelve months of preparations and thousands of man hours by its dedicated personnel, Dnata Cargo is ready to serve its customer airlines soon to commence flying into and out of the new Dubai World Central – Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC).
The new airport, at the heart of Dubai World Central, will one day be the world’s largest passenger and cargo hub, ultimately capable of handling over 12 million tons of cargo a year. Dnata Cargo, which is already the ground handler for over 120 airlines at Dubai International Airport, will provide the ground handling services to all airlines at DWC. The company has made significant investment in equipment in recent months and is now fully equipped to handle any type of freighter aircraft at the new location.
In this first phase, the cargo facility, which will be known as Dnata FreightGate 8, will have a throughput of 250,000 tons per annum. Dnata Cargo’s team has the facilities and capability to handle any type of cargo – even perishable goods – as there is a 1,000 cubic metre capacity of chiller and freezer storage. No fewer than 33 truck docks will accommodate trailers up to 40 feet long. Rollerbed and air suspension equipped trucks, capable of accommodating up to full three metre height 10ft ULDs, will ensure a swift connection with airports across UAE and GCC.
Dnata’s services also include full aircraft servicing, including the placement of ground and operational equipment. In addition, there is a seamless interface with various control and Government authorities, including Customs and the Airport Police, as well as security provision 24 hours a day providing extra peace of mind to customers.
Dnata’s trusted DACS+ software solution has also been deployed and is ready for action. It will ensure accurate and timely processing and tracking of all cargo and documents throughout the brief period they are in Dnata’s possession. DACS+ is also linked with various other computer systems such as Customs E-Mirsal, the internet-based Calogi portal, Dnata Customer Care Centre and most major airlines. It will constantly exchange shipment data and status, providing up-to-date status and IATA Cargo 2000 traceability round the clock from entry to exit point on all shipments under processing with Dnata.
For Dnata Cargo, their successful ground handling of the first incoming test flight earlier this week was the result of both team work and planning, enabling them to implement the operational procedures they demonstrated, drawn from the company’s 50 years of experience in the industry. DWC and its capacity to grow as the business grows, introduces an exciting era of unconstrained growth opportunities for the entire air cargo industry in Dubai, not seen since the opening of Dubai Cargo Village in 1991. The Dnata Cargo team is excited to once again be the enabler to this growth and looks forward with confidence to the official opening date of the airport this Sunday – June 27, so that it can begin commercial cargo operations providing service excellence for its customers, current and future.
Dnata Cargo’s customer care call centre is now open and ready to take enquiries on all DWC cargo operations. For English enquiries customers can call 04 211 1111, Arabic 04 211 1222.
Maintaining its almost perfect record at annual industry award events held in Dubai this year, Dubai Airports has won top awards as Best Airport (cargo) and Cargo Hub of the Year.Dubai Airports won the Cargo Hub of the Year at the Supply Chain and Transport Awards (SCATA) 2009 and the Best Airport (Cargo) Award at the Middle East Logistics Awards 2009. It is the third consecutive year that Dubai Airports has won the SCATA award and the fourth consecutive at MELA. The awards follow the airport’s record 15th consecutive win as the Middle East’s Best Airport at the Asian Freight and Supply Chain Awards in April this year.Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports said that the winning streak is the result of a team effort at an airfreight centre that has fast become one of the world’s busiest international cargo hubs."These awards are the direct result of the high level of cooperation we enjoy with Emirates Skycargo and Dnata," said Griffiths. "That teamwork amplifies other great advantages including our strategic location, a vibrant and diversified local economy, top-notch infrastructure and our joint ability to deliver quality customer service consistently."