Etihad Rail, developer and operator of the UAE’s national railway network, announced the signing of an MoU with Hellmann Worldwide Logistics which allows it to use the rail network for its needs in the region.

The MoU, signed by Dr Nasser Al Mansoori, CEO of Etihad Rail, and Madhav Kurup, CEO of Hellmann Middle East and North Africa, will facilitate cross-border transport of goods to Saudi Arabia and other GCC states.

Germany-headquartered Hellmann is one of the largest family-owned companies in the logistics sector with a global presence that covers more than 150 countries worldwide. In the Middle East, Hellmann’s approach of tailoring vertical solutions to meet industry-specific needs has allowed for growth of over 40 per cent last year alone. By adding a GCC-rail solution to its existing supply chain offering in the GCC area, Hellmann will enhance its supply chain capability to its global and local customers, especially those who use Dubai as the hub for the region. Moreover, the agreement is aligned with the commitments of both companies to provide environmentally sustainable services.