Rhenus Logistics UK is predicting further growth in the Middle East on the back of year-on-year growth in its air and sea routes between the region and the UK. The German-owned freight forwarding operator attributes this expansion to an economic renaissance in the region, which is shifting from its historic reliance on oil as a source of revenue. In response to this change, the business has recently launched a shipping route from Manchester to the United Arab Emirates. Looking to the next few years, the freight forwarder is anticipating increased demand for this service, especially for its LCL (less container load) shipments to the region. A key driver behind Rhenus’ expansion in the region has been the establishment of an operational multi-modal logistics hub in Dubai. Comprising customs clearance and extensive warehousing facilities, this enables the of control of consignments before and after transit. This allows Rhenus’ Gulf operation to provide a range of bespoke services to one of the most dynamic markets in the world. From its UK headquarters in Manchester, Rhenus currently ships around 20 TEUs (standard shipping containers) per month to the Middle East. In terms of airfreight movements, the business handles around 10 consignments per month to Doha, Qatar alone. With such regularity, comes a relationship built around trust and friendship, both of which cannot be understated. Gary Dodsworth of Rhenus said: “The communication between our UK office and Rhenus Dubai is excellent, which enables us to identify any potential problems before they occur. This in turn helps us to transition freight with the utmost ease, ultimately providing a level of service the customer demands. One area that Rhenus Dubai really stands out is in its ability to accommodate the requests of customers, specifically when they are locally based and importing from the UK. It’s their local expertise that allows them to coordinate for goods to stay within the warehouse and advise on the customs clearance of those items.” The Rhenus Group has its own country organisation in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and has opened its first business site in Dubai. It operates there through Rhenus Logistics Gulf and is specialised in handling air and sea freight and providing customs clearance for imports and exports. Its range of products also includes project business, road transportation to GCC countries and warehousing. In addition, the company is experienced in Air Express services and is able to send documents and packages to almost any place on the globe. Rhenus Logistics Gulf is headquartered in Dubai Logistics City, one of six clusters in the Dubai World Central (DWC) free trade zone. Different modes of transport, production and logistics space are all linked to each other through the strategically favourable location between Al Maktoum International Airport, which will become the largest airport in the world, and the Jebel Ali Seaport.