French Firm to Open new Dry Port in Baghdad

After over thirty three years of continuous presence in Iraq, the CMA CGM Group is pleased to announce the opening of its new bonded Dry Port* near Baghdad, in the Abu Ghreib [Abu Ghraib] area, in Iraq, in June 2013.

Exclusively managed and operated by CMA CGM, the Dry Port will be the only one in Iraq, giving customers the opportunity, for the first time, to custom clear their cargo near Baghdad instead of Umm Qasr, according their convenience time. This important upgrade shows the intention of the CMA CGM Group to facilitate its customers’ business in Iraq and to strengthen its roots in this flourishing market.

The Dry Port will be ideally connected to CMA CGM’s inland transportation network, with a possible railway connection 3km away from the site and fast in bond transit from Umm Qasr. The storage facilities for full containers, LCL and refrigerated cargo will benefit from 24 hours surveillance and security services, keeping the cargo safe at all times.

With 4 offices strategically located in Iraq, 2 dedicated feeders connecting the Iraqi port of Umm Qasr with Khorfakkan hub, the exclusive concession of the Terminal No.4 in Umm Qasr port, and the opening of this new dry port, CMA CGM confirms its leadership position in the Iraqi market in terms of volume, service, and innovation, and encourages the development of commercial activities and the creation of new businesses in this strongly developing market.

Specifications of the Dry Port

  • Total Surface: 165 000 sqm
  • Yard Surface: 90 000 sqm
  • Storage capacity: 12 000 TEUs
  • Total construction: 8 500 sqm divided into 7 building units
  • Onsite CMA CGM administration building
  • Container scanner avoiding time consuming manual inspections
  • Custom offices located inside the Dry Port

* A Dry port (also called inland port) is an inland intermodal terminal directly connected by road or rail to a seaport and operating as a center for the transshipment of sea cargo to inland destinations. In addition to their role in cargo transshipment, dry ports may also include facilities for storage and consolidation of goods, maintenance for road or rail cargo carriers and customs clearance services.

(Source: CMA CGM)

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One Response to French Firm to Open new Dry Port in Baghdad

  1. William Brown March 28, 2013 at 6:48 pm #

    Excellent! This is a significant achievement in logistics for Iraq.
    The problematic issues of security, transit times, customs, and LEWs, were delay causing formulates driving business away. Hopefully, as velocity and customer confidence increases, we can see a healthy return to the air cargo from BIAP and the other regions. [Edited]