Middle East

Basra gets nod to handle food shipments

Dubai: NAWAH Port Management (NPM), a business unit of North America Western Asia Holdings, announced that it has been granted official approval by the Iraq government to discharge and move a full spectrum of food cargo at its terminal at the Port of Basra, also known as Al Maqal Port.

Operating the only modernized container terminal at the Port of Basra, NPM has weekly vessel sailings from the United Arab Emirates calling upon its terminal located in downtown Basra along the Shatt Al Arab waterway. Outfitted with modern reefer plug points and a full array of modern port equipment, NPM will begin to receive foodstuff almost immediately from Jebel Ali and Hamriyah Ports in Dubai.

“This is an important moment for Basra and Iraq writ large,” said Nicholas Kunesh, NPM’s president and CEO. “Given Iraq’s growing disposable income, particularly within the expanding middle class, demand is increasing to consume more types of food and at greater quantities. Therefore, the need for efficient, reliable movement of food into the country is becoming more and more paramount. Today’s announcement by the Iraq government clearly recognizes that necessity as well.”  [01/06/14]



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