Book a seat for your cargo
Dubai Trade plans to add a system whereby customers can book their cargo on any ship or airplane provider through the Dubai Trade Portal, its CEO Mahmood Bastaki revealed yesterday.
According to the CEO, who was speaking exclusively to Logistics Middle East magazine, the shipping system is expected to be online later this year, with the air services to follow next year.
“A customer will be able to log onto Dubai Trade and see all the vessels that are leaving Dubai to any destination,” said Bastaki. “Right now they have to go to each company one by one.
“If you an exporter and you want to ship your cargo to Delhi or Karachi, you have to go to company A or this shipping line or freight forwarder individually, and then they give you dates, routes and costs.
“But we want to make Dubai Trade a single hub, with all the information under one umbrella; with real time updates from the sources. You will be able to book your cargo on that ship or plane – just like a passenger books their seat nowadays – all under one umbrella.”
The Dubai Trade Portal is an advanced system that integrates electronic services from various trade and logistics service providers in Dubai under a single window. It currently has more than 55,000 companies using its services.