Middle East Trade & Logistics

It’s been a year of upheaval in the Middle East, and the outcome — regime change — is sparking optimism among trade analysts that some markets will become major growth markets for global trade. Nowhere is that more true than in Egypt, where the country’s new leaders are pursuing a more populist approach than their predecessors, who enacted a series of reforms that deregulated foreign trade, modernized banking and financial regulations, and reduced corporate taxes. And there’s still a chance that the United States might offer Egypt the opportunity to negotiate a free trade agreement.

Other countries are growing as well, in some cases becoming critical logistics markets. Companies such as DB Schenker, TALKE Logistics and Kuehne + Nagel are pumping millions of dollars into Saudi Arabia, and the government is funding major warehousing and transportation projects, including the $8 billion Prince Abdul Azis bin Mousaed Economic City. The United Arab Emirates, meanwhile, emerged over the last 20 years as the region’s main logistics hub, with Dubai Logistics City and the Jebel Ali Free Zone among the world's most innovative projects. But other emirates, including Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, also are investing heavily in infrastructure.

News & Analysis

25 Jul 2015
As the container trade from Asia to the Middle East grows, Saudi Arabia is expanding the container-handling capacity of its ports, opening a new terminal at Dammam this spring.
08 May 2013
Dubai World Central handled 53,974 metric tons of freight in the first quarter of 2013, a 7.8 percent increase from 50,062 metric tons in the first quarter of 2012...
Phase 1 of Abu Dhabi's Khalifa super port
02 May 2013
Abu Dhabi’s new Khalifa super port could eventually rival DP World’s neighboring Jebel Ali for Middle East container shipping hub status.
Containerized exports from the Indian subcontinent and the Middle East to Australasia/Oceania. Source: Container Trades Statistics
30 Apr 2013
Containerized exports from the Indian subcontinent and the Middle East to Australasia/Oceania extended to grow in February 2013, the 12th double-digit year-over-year increase in the past 14 months, according to data from Container Trades Statistics, Ltd.
29 Apr 2013
One of the Middle East’s most senior airline executives has dismissed claims that the three major Mideast airlines are growing more than other carriers operating in the region because of unfair advantages.
25 Apr 2013
DP World’s traffic declined 7 percent in the first quarter from a year ago, reflecting the sale of stakes in container terminals and lower volumes in all key markets except the Americas and Australia.

Commentary

Intermodal service is sliding back downhill, and things could get worse if federal regulators slow down crude oil trains, a move that would take velocity out of the entire network.

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