QR Cargo, Qatar Development Bank partner to promote Qatari exports
Qatar Airways Cargo and Qatar Development Bank have joined hands to support local manufacturers in Qatar. The cargo carrier is offering discounted rates to local Qatari manufacturers who are current QDB clients and hold a certificate of origin for their products, to export to international markets.
The products under this partnership cover all types of general goods that are manufactured within the State of Qatar, while dangerous goods are excluded from the agreement. Guillaume Halleux, chief officer cargo, Qatar Airways said, “Through this agreement, we are pleased to support local Qatari manufacturers and help extend the reach and availability of their products to international markets. We have a young and modern fleet of freighters, passenger freighters, mini freighters and belly-cargo planes to cater to their export requirements. Additionally, through our bespoke charter solutions, they also have the option of utilising part or full charters.”
Commenting on the occasion, Hamad Salem Mejegheer, executive director of export development and promotion at QDB said, “We enjoy a strong strategic relationship with Qatar Airways based on common objectives and mutual understanding. This is reflected in our many bilateral initiatives, and this agreement is a product of such a synergistic partnership, which we are confident will open up new global markets and wider horizons for Qatari products more than ever before. Moreover, this will also help reduce export costs, and complement our ongoing efforts in supporting export development at the Bank.”
The special discount is available to more than 350 Qatari exporters – QDB clients – who wish to export their locally made products on Qatar Airways Cargo flights. Qatari exports are projected to grow noticeably over the coming years, as an increasing number of new SMEs are trained and developed to export their goods. Qatar Airways Cargo is perfectly positioned to support the growth of exports as the cargo carrier expands its fleet and network strategically, enhancing its products and investing in digitalisation to support its customers’ business.