CMA CGM plans to open a new bonded “dry port” in Baghdad in June.
The first such facility in Iraq, it will allow shippers to clear their cargo through customs close to the nation’s capital city instead of at the port of Umm Qasr.
The dry port will be connected to the French ocean carrier’s inland transportation network with a potential railway link three kilometers from the site and fast in-bond transit from Umm Qasr.
The new 165,000 square meter facility, in the Abu Ghreib area, has a yard surface of 90,000 square meters with storage capacity for 12,000 20-foot-equivalent units.
CMA CGM has four offices in Iraq and operates two dedicated feeder services between Umm Qasr and its regional hub in the port of Khorfakkan in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates.