BDP Logistics expands African presence with 4th Egypt offce

Philadelphia-based logistics company BDP International has opened its fourth office in the hub city of Port Said, Egypt – its 150th office internationally – further bolstering its presence in Africa. “Africa has been poised as the next frontier for supply chains,” said BDP’s managing director of Middle East, Turkey and Africa, Fikret Ersoy. “We now […]

Middle East diplomatic crisis threatens regional air freight operations

A spiraling diplomatic crisis in the Arab Gulf region is already snarling overland logistics along the Qatar-Saudi Arabia border, and regional freight forwarding is running into complications as Emirates and Etihad operations terminating in Doha grind to a halt. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt, Yemen and Libya all announced that they were […]

Panalpina relocates to new Cairo Airport cargo facility

Panalpina has moved its head office in Egypt and all Cairo operations to the newly developed Cairo Cargo City at Cairo International airport. The move follows last year’s acquisition of Panalpina’s long-standing general sales agent, Afifi, positioning the Swiss company closer to the Egypt’s developing oil and gas sector. Panalpina is the first freight forwarding […]

Turkish Cargo: The political question

Turkey’s geographic location makes it an ideal crossroads for the world’s air traffic, but this location has a dark side, too. Straddling two continents and bordering some of the world’s most war-torn regions, Turkey is also vulnerable to political conflicts around nearly every national border, which could have dire consequences on its ability to trade. […]

New TSA directive unpopular with forwarders

A new directive from the United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requiring an additional security declaration to be displayed at intermediate points while tendered cargo is in transit, has drawn the ire of forwarders, which were not contacted for discussion of the rule before it was finalized on Jan. 29. Under the new rule, all […]

BDP bullish on Egypt

Privately owned logistics and transportation services company, BDP International, is opening a Cairo office this month. The new office will be overseen by country manager, Emad Tawfik. The office will provide a range of services for the chemical/petrochemical, healthcare, energy, retail and automotive sectors,including ocean and air export and import, import/export customs clearance, project logistics, […]

Kerry Logistics to support major retailer

Debenhams, a large, British multinational retail store, has agreed to have Kerry Logistics handle its growing export market in the Middle East. Kerry Logistics will manage all airfreight from Debenham’s distribution center in Peterborough, north of London, to various destinations in the Middle East, including Dubai, Bahrain, Qatar, Egypt, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. “Other […]

Panalpina acquires Egyptian agent Afifi

As part of Panalpina’s effort to make strides in emerging economies, it has acquired 100 percent of its Egyptian agent, Afifi. Panalpina has had a relationship with Afifi as its agent in Egypt for ocean- and airfreight, and project services since 1995. Afifi, established in Cairo in 1936, employs approximately 150 people, with satellite offices […]