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DHL Global Forwarding has become the first logistics provider to launch fast-track sea freight clearance services at the Eastern Gateway Bonded Zone (EGBZ) at the King Fahad International Airport in Dammam, in order to speed up the processing of LCL Freight Services

DHL FreightDHL?s Sea Freight Express Service will improve transit times and boost reliability. (Image source: DHL)

EGBZ is designed to facilitate the movement of air and road cargo into Saudi Arabia in an efficient way. It is the fastest growing and only site in the Kingdom which offers multi-modal, multi-user, multi-temperature facilities, along with a fast-track clearance gateway, national distribution hub and bonded storage facility.

DHL will provide reliable, fully managed end-to-end transportation, ensuring predictability across the supply chain. Cargo received at the bonded facility will be cleared within 24 hours from arrival, thereby improving overall transit by at least six days.

The CEO and managing director, Saudi Arabia, Arab Cluster at DHL Global Forwarding, Sue Donoghue, said, ?We feel proud of being one of the first having an active presence at the first Bonded Zone in Saudi. Through the facility, DHL will be able to offer more direct services, cutting transit times to a minimum, with reliable, fully managed end-to-end transportation predictably across the supply chain and enabling timely delivery.?

Mark C Anthony, commercial director of the Eastern Gateway Bonded Zone, commented, ?We are delighted to announce that DL Global Forwarding is our first LCL Sea Freight Express client in Saudi Arabia?s fastest growing multi-modal inland port. Sea freight continues to grow rapidly as more clients are looking to use Dammam Airport as an alternative clearance gateway to Dammam Sea Port to avoid congestion and long wait times.?