RSA National, the joint venture between US-based air cargo operator National and UAE-based multimodal 3PL specialist RSA Global, has launched a new air cargo terminal airside at Dubai World Central (DWC).
The opening of this multimodal smart transit hub for road, sea and air, will drive growth in the logistics sector, which is set to increase by 4.8% by 2021, Abishek Ajay Shah, co-founder and group CEO of RSA Global said.
“RSA Global is a home-grown brand and we have been inspired by the UAE leadership’s vision to build the aviation capital of the world,” he said. “We believe the launch of RSA National’s flagship air cargo terminal is a game changer for the UAE’s aviation and logistics industry to claim the number one spot. We have designed this smart facility to deliver innovative multimodal, tech-forward supply chain solutions and plan to expand as the region’s demands grow. The sky’s the limit.”
RSA National’s vision is to operate as a one-stop, boutique integrator offering multimodal supply chain solutions: specialising in innovative and quality services for its customers in established and emerging sectors as well as niche products including perishables and dangerous goods.
Dubai is within an eight-hour flight of two thirds of the world, cementing its strong position to lead the global logistics industry and help fulfil the UAE’s aviation and logistics vision for 2045 with RSA National intending to play an integral role.
The terminal’s location on the Dubai Logistics Corridor linking DWC to Jebel Ali port will give customers multimodal access through one single supplier. As an Authorised Economic Operator and with Dubai Police and Customs situated on-site, customers will experience faster clearances and inspection prioritisation for a smoother transaction.
RSA National specialises in innovative and tech forward solutions for the retail, ecommerce, and perishables sectors, as well as government and humanitarian programmes.
All sectors are growing in this region due to its continued reliance on imported perishables and goods; the increased adoption of e-commerce; and the impact of preparing for, and running, Expo 2020 and other major events.
The company has successfully completed 13,000 sqm of built up area, and has the ability to scale up within its 56,000 sqm footprint in DWC, in line with the growing demand forecast.
“Today we are delighted to celebrate the inauguration of RSA National’s air cargo terminal at DWC. The RSA National air cargo terminal is an impressive and welcomed development and supports Dubai’s efforts to remain at the forefront of aviation and logistics globally,” said Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority.
“The completion of the first phase of the first commercial cargo terminal at DWC is an important step for RSA National in the context of the UAE aviation industry, a vital driving force of the country’s economic diversification plan,” added Jacob Matthew, president – Middle East and Pac Rim and board member, National.
“Non-oil sectors such as manufacturing, aviation and logistics are important contributors to the GDP with a contribution expected to account for nearly 90% of the economy by 2025,” he said. “The cargo industry itself is witnessing major developments and recently recorded robust growth. Innovation in the transport industry is important, and as logistics providers with our own aircraft fleet, we constantly strive to improve efficiency around the movement of goods and also customer service.”
Paul Griffiths, CEO Dubai Airports said: “We have witnessed impressive freight growth at DWC since it first opened in 2010. The airport has quickly ascended the global rankings for international freight volumes and is now ranked in the top 20. We have achieved this by developing and implementing leading-edge customer centric processes, technology and infrastructure. RSA National’s innovative and tech forward mindset is fully aligned with this approach and we are honoured to celebrate this great achievement with them today.”