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AD Ports and Alexander Global Logistics sign strategic agreement

Striving to transform Abu Dhabi into a leading hub for the development and distribution of pulp and paper products across the Middle East, AD Ports Group has signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement with Alexander Global Logistics GmbH.

As per the agreement, the two parties will work closely to form and launch a transshipment hub dedicated to handling pulp and paper products, which will operate from Khalifa Port, AD Ports Group’s flagship port and a vital link connecting East and West trade.

Saif Al Mazrouei, CEO of Ports Cluster, AD Ports Group, said: “Today’s announcement marks a key milestone in Khalifa Port’s ongoing development to support the UAE’s industrialisation efforts, and is also the first step in what we see as Abu Dhabi’s transformation into a regional leader for pulp and paper products.

“Leveraging our long-standing expertise as the emirate’s leading facilitator of trade, logistics, and industry, as well as Abu Dhabi’s central location linking global trade and its multi-modal connectivity solutions over air, sea, land, and future rail, our new joint venture with Alexander Global Logistics GmbH will meet the evolving needs of this fast-growing industry.

“The hub aims to address the changing needs of the global supply chain, both for pulp and paper producers and customers. In the first stage, expected to be completed by Q3 2022, a total of 20,000 sqm of quayside warehousing will be established in Khalifa Port. From there, all kinds of forestry products will be distributed into the Gulf region and beyond.”

Carsten Hellmers, CEO of Alexander Global Logistics GmbH, said: “We are very excited about this project, as we have the strongest belief that the combination of expertise and knowledge of the industry brought into this Strategic Partnership Agreement by Alexander Global Logistics plus the unique location, abilities and resources provided by AD Ports Group will soon allow the Pulp and Paper industry to have a world-class terminal to serve customers in the Abu Dhabi hinterland and reach other destinations taking full advantage of the hub.”

“This project also signifies another important step in Alexander Global Logistics GmbH strategy to find and develop new and innovative alternatives to serve its customers with quality-oriented responses for their logistic needs, specially in times when the world is confronting unprecedented logistics challenges.”