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Rhenus Launches Reefer Service to Dubai
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Rhenus Launches Reefer Service to Dubai

Service will connect customers in Switzerland, Germany, Austria and the Benelux countries with their target markets near Dubai

TLME News Service

Rhenus Project Logistics is organising the first groupage freight traffic for temperature-controlled goods to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by sea from the beginning of August 2018 onwards.

The service will connect customers in Switzerland, Germany, Austria and the Benelux countries with their target markets near Dubai.

The groupage freight traffic is primarily designed to be used for temperature-sensitive foods like chocolate, bakery products or cheese.

A constant temperature is essential for these items. Depending on the customer’s instructions, the temperature of the 20- and 40-foot containers can be set between +25 and -25°C.

The goods are stowed in the containers and cooled to the appropriate degree depending on the type of items.

The reefers will initially be stuffed centrally at a refrigerated logistics warehouse in Breda in the Netherlands, not far from the port of Rotterdam.

The 19-day voyage at sea to the Arabian Gulf then starts from Rotterdam.

Rhenus Logistics Gulf will then receive the reefers at the port of Jebel Ali, not far from Dubai, and, after deconsolidating them at the refrigerated premises of the partner companies within Rhenus’ international network, will supply the goods to their final customers.

Ernst Métry, Managing Director of Rhenus Project Logistics in Switzerland, said: “The special feature about this new groupage freight service is that it’s possible to avoid the more expensive air freight route by having temperature-controlled transport operations on board ships.

“We’ve responded to the strong level of demand from our customers in Switzerland, Austria and Germany and believe that we can expand the service by getting new customers in the United Arab Emirates involved in the long term.”

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