Bahrain’s Transportation Minister discusses cooperation plans with FedEx Express
April 30, 2018: The Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed held a meeting with leading American express delivery company, FedEx In line to discuss plans to transform logistics and air cargo into one of Bahrain’s primary industries.
The Minister was briefed on the company's future projects, which are aimed at developing its air cargo operations at Bahrain International Airport (BIA), and its plans to increase the volume of goods transported through BIA.
FedEx Express is a major air freight company based at BIA.
The Minister said: “Cooperation and coordination with international companies will play an important role in enhancing Bahrain's strategic position as a leading provider of efficient and reliable logistics services in the GCC and wider Middle East. The Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications and Bahrain Airport Company pay close attention to the development of the logistics sector, which plays a prominent role in creating employment opportunities and directly contributes to the country’s GDP. The Ministry’s goal is to ensure a smooth regulatory and legislative environment that helps to facilitate import procedures for cargo companies. It also supports logistics companies located in the Bahrain Logistics Zone by enabling seamless access to all GCC counties through BIA.”
The current cargo terminal at BIA operates around the clock and can accommodate around 19,000 square metres of goods, including export and trans-shipment goods, and cargo transported between the airport and customs clearance. It also houses dedicated facilities and equipment for storing bulk cargo such as freezing rooms, chillers, and cold storage. Furthermore, it has dedicated areas for dangerous goods, livestock, radioactive materials, precious goods, diplomatic shipments, and mail.
Attending the meeting, which was held at Bahrain Airport Company, were Tariq Hinedi, FedEx Express Middle East and Africa VP of Operations; Mohamed Yousif Al Binfalah, chief executive officer, Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) and other BAC management team members, and representatives from the Economic Development Board.