REPORT: Impala and MCL form strategic partnership
Impala Terminals, a multimodal logistics provider operating a network of terminals in strategic locations globally and Master Consol Line (MCL), a neutral Sea freight consolidator for freight forwarders, have entered into a strategic partnership for management of LCL (Less than Container Load) consolidation operations in Jebel Ali Free Zone.
Whilst both organizations operate within the logistics industry in the region, their niche in specific areas of the business brings synergies to this partnership.
“As a consolidator with business from a large network of partners across various countries, we wanted to focus on our core business of building a strong consolidation network and sales, whilst leaving the operational aspect to an experienced partner such as Impala Terminals” explains Olivier Laurent, Managing Director, Master Consol Line.
“This new partnership is a significant and positive step forward, and represents a strong alliance bringing together a great deal of experience and expertise from both companies. The synergies between the partners will enhance further the level of service available to MCL and its customers for its growing specialised consolidation service. This partnership also fits with Impala Terminals strategy to grow and expand our service offering in the Middle East.” says Pauline Daly, Regional Managing Director – Impala Terminals Middle East & Africa.
At the heart of this partnership, is Impala’s 84,000 sqm warehousing facility, located in close proximity to the Jebel Ali Port Container Terminals. With MCL’s growing network, client base and volumes, the facility offers an ideal platform for safely handling large volume of cargoes, and achieving excellent turnaround times due to its location.
“Impala Terminals’ infrastructure and safety standards make this best in class modern warehousing facility really attractive. They’re right here, next to the port, have the ability to handle Freight All Kind (FAK), offer the perfect platform for our growth plans and provide innovative handling solutions that improves the efficiency of our business” explains Olivier Laurent, Managing Director, Master Consol Line.
MCL provides service on 86 weekly sailings from over 50 countries globally, destined to Jebel Ali. Their outbound consolidation from Jebel Ali features over 25 departures to 17 countries. Adding to this impressive tally, MCL’s strategic tie-ups at connecting hubs, enables them serve over 1000 destinations across the globe. Binding this complex network together is a sophisticated IT network that MCL has invested in.
“Our expertise in moving LCL cargoes and our excellent relationships with all major shipping lines enables us to offer competitive rates and access to the fastest transit times,” says Shazan Zamrooth, General Manager, Master Consol Line. “We have developed a business friendly IT interface to ensure customers enjoy working with us and can access the latest information they need. All key milestones are updated in our Track & Trace system supported by our ERP which is the backbone of our activity.”
Impala Terminals facilitates global trade by offering reliable and efficient supply chain solutions enabling more competitive access to markets. They design, implement, own and operate logistics assets in 18 countries around the world with a focus on the safe, economic and reliable transfer of cargoes. Through multimodal logistics offering, Impala Terminals integrates river, rail, road and ocean transport simplifying complex journeys. At warehousing sites in the Middle East, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Tanzania and Zambia Impala Terminals offers enhanced services for the safe and secure handling of goods and employs the latest technology and processes with a high level of HSEC standards.
“Jebel Ali Free Zone is our hub for the Middle East region. To support our large warehousing facility, we have invested in handling equipment such as container handlers and heavy forklift trucks. We intend to continue expanding to serve growing demands of our existing and new customers” says Manu George Luke, General Manager, Impala Terminals Middle East. “Our warehouse is a combination of open yard storage, racked and bulk covered storage areas, which makes it well suited for MCL’s consolidation operations. Our facilities and equipment enable us to cater to the evolving warehousing and distribution needs of a range of different industries including, metals, steel products, oil & gas products, project cargoes, industrial raw materials as well as all types of finished goods.”