6 December, 2020

Saudi’s Eastern Gateway marks new logistical milestones

Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Gateway Bonded Zone (EGBZ), located on a large site at KFIA in Dammam, has marked two new milestones in its development.

Firstly, EGBZ has been certified as being Good Storage Practices Compliant (GSP) for the receiving, storage and dispatch of general cargo and medicines.

GSP is a quality evaluation system devised by the World Health Organization to ensure good storage conditions are maintained for Cargo moving through the supply chain process.

In particular, it requires that storage facilities should be clean, dry and maintained within acceptable temperature and humidity limits.

Merchandise should be stored off the floor and suitably spaced to permit cleaning and inspection.

The EGBZ is fully equipped with the latest web-enabled inventory management technology, providing real-time online virtual Cargo visibility for its users. The zone's storage temperatures range is from 24C to minus 12 C.

Secondly, the zone recently handled a Sabic Charter Flight originating from Italy. The contents of the charter were transferred by SAL to the EGBZ via an airside road connecting the zone to KFIA's main flight apron.

The cargo is being held in bond at the EGBZ's dedicated AF chamber for draw down by Sabic in line with its manufacturing requirements.

Inventory management, clearance and final mile delivery services will be performed by DHL Global Forwarding.

The zone can be utilised by EGBZ’s clients as a multi-modal freight gateway and/or a consolidated bonded storage facility for land, air and sea freight consignments.

Source: Logistics Middle East