April 12, 2010
Four months after introducing our own feeder vessel at the port of Umm Qasr, we are pleased to announce another major boost for Iraqi trade: the country’s first refrigerated container yard.
The yard now has 150 plugs available and is ready to accept refrigerated cargo. For now, we are only accepting frozen cargo, but services for refrigerated commodities are due to be launched in the near future.
Until now, most refrigerated cargo has moved overland into Iraq through Kuwait, Turkey and Jordan, but the new reefer yard means greater access and flexibility for exporters looking to reach Iraqi markets with perishable goods.
The opening of the Umm Qasr reefer yard is just the latest step in our work to expand and diversify opportunities for seaborne trade in the region. “Iraq is an emerging market that presents many business opportunities,” says Vinod Kunnummal, Commercial Planning Manager for Maersk Line’s Jordan cluster. “Bringing reefers into the country is an important step in further opening up this market.”
The yard was built by the Kuwaiti terminal owner, Global Logistics and Warehouse Co (GLOW), in cooperation with Maersk Line. The terminal itself is fenced and protected by 24-hour security services, ensuring that your cargo is protected while in the terminal.
We are excited about the new reefer terminal at Umm Qasr, and we look forward to further expanding our services in Iraq in the near future.
» See our feeder service to Umm Qasr, Iraq