Shipping & Logistics

Gulftainer gets efficiency boost

Sharjah Container Terminal

Gulftainer, one of the world’s largest privately owned port management and logistics companies, has further increased efficiency at Sharjah Container Terminal (SCT) through the development of an online application to automate information exchange between the company, Sharjah Port Authority (SPA) and Customs.

The application will enhance existing customs procedures to ensure faster and seamless movement of containers through the port. SCT was the first purpose-built and fully equipped modern container terminal in the Middle East, and currently handles cargo on behalf of over 50 shipping lines from around the world.

Peter Richards, group managing director, Gulftainer said, “SCT has been growing at a fast pace and has seen an increase in the volume of cargo it has handled over the last 12 months. The new automated system has been developed keeping this growth in mind and as a result of listening to our customers. It will avoid unnecessary delays and ensure efficient access and clearance of all documentation work. This investment is part of our sustained and clearly defined plan for continued growth to remain competitive and ensure we offer our partners in the port an easy and hassle-free experience.

The new system will allow online verification of SPA-issued documents and automation of customs forms, which was previously done manually. It will also enable better document control and provide a direct information access through the Content Management System (CMS).

Gulftainer, established in 1976, has expanded rapidly and is now operating in various parts of the world. The Gulftainer Group operates and manages ports and logistics businesses in several countries including the UAE, Iraq, Pakistan, Russia, Brazil, Lebanon and Turkey. Gulftainer operates three main UAE ports: two on behalf of the Sharjah Port Authority – Sharjah Container Terminal and Khorfakkan Container Terminal – and one in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi, on behalf of the international plastics solutions company, Borouge.