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REPORT: UAE cold chain logistics

by ASC Staff on Sep 5, 2017


The Middle East’s cold chain requirements continue to evolve, presenting new challenges and opportunities for LSPs in this sector.
The Middle East’s cold chain requirements continue to evolve, presenting new challenges and opportunities for LSPs in this sector.

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RSA launched its new cold chain facility in Dubai South in May, with Abhishek Ajay Shah, co-founder and managing director of RSA Logistics telling Logistics Middle East that they expect significant growth in the UAE’s food and beverage logistics sector.

“With one of the world’s fastest growing populations, mega events like Dubai Expo 2020 on the horizon, and 80% reliance on imported food, RSA Cold Chain is opening for business in a region that is in urgent need of more professional cold chain management facilities,” says Shah.

According to a report ‘Cold Chain: Global Market Intelligence (2011-2020)’ by Orbis Research, the global cold chain market is expected to grow at 7% CAGR from 2016 to 2020, with the greatest increase in demand coming from the Middle East, as well as the USA, Brazil, France and China.

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The new facility from RSA Cold Chain will eventually house 21,000 pallets, with phase one offering an initial capacity of 10,800 pallets, coupled with sophisticated, end-to-end 3PL services for packaged food, fresh fruit and vegetables, dairy products and frozen food. The warehouse comprises eight independent chambers, with a unique ammonia-based chilling system allowing each chamber to accommodate temperatures as low as -25 degrees.

The site for the new facility is strategically located just outside the bonded zone in Dubai South, maximising ease of access and minimising delays in the movement of food products. RSA Cold Chain will also provide temperature-controlled transportation, providing an end-to-end solution designed to meet the most stringent requirements for food storage and transportation.

“RSA Cold Chain fills an important gap in our customer service offerings,” adds Shah. “The cold chain sector is still in its infancy in the Middle East and we believe we are in the right place at the right time. We will now be able to offer a scalable and fast growing solution to quality-focused food companies in the region.”

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