Panalpina scores five-year Iraqi gas project contract

After several years of enduring a slump in oil-and-gas-related cargo, Swiss logistics company Panalpina was awarded a long-term contract by an undisclosed company to manage transportation and logistics for a gas project in Iraq.

The contract will run for at least five years and involve 1,800 40-foot equivalent units (FEUs) of less-than-container load oceanfreight as well as 1,200 tonnes of airfreight transportation per year. Panalpina will also handle customs clearance, warehousing, full order management and in-house staffing, as well as any necessary air and ocean chartering.

The large contract marks a positive note for Panalpina after a lackluster first half for the company’s profits, as declines in the oil prices led to a reduction in petroleum exploration projects. Other factors, such as rising freight rates, also pressured Panalpina’s margins.

Panalpina frequently works with oil-and-gas companies, including the undisclosed company party to this contract. The two companies have worked together since 2010.

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Caryn Livingston

Caryn Livingston is Editor of the monthly magazine Air Cargo World and Deputy Editor of the company’s monthly newsletter, Cargo Facts, and its weekly e-mail publication Cargo Facts Update. Prior to joining Cargo Facts in 2017, Caryn worked as a journalist in Houston covering the oil and gas industry. She holds a BA in English from the University of Tulsa and an MA in Literature from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.