Sep 21, 2018: RSA National, the joint venture between US-based National and UAE-based RSA Global, has opened the doors of its new air cargo terminal, located airside at Dubai World Central (DWC). To mark the occasion, a ceremony was held at RSA National’s new cargo terminal with the attendance of Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of Dubai Airports; president of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority; chairman and CEO of Emirates Group, and Paul Griffiths, CEO, Dubai Airports.

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 ecommerce; and the impact of preparing for, and running, Expo 2020 and other major events. The company has successfully completed 13,000 square metre of built up area, and has the ability to scale up within its 56,000 square metre in DWC, in line with the growing demand forecast.

Jacob Matthew, president - ME and Pac Rim and board member, National said, “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. 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.”

In support of the UAE’s vision to become the world’s leading aviation and logistics hub, 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 percent by 2021.

RSA National’s location on the Dubai Logistics Corridor linking DWC to Jebel Ali port reinforces its commitment to a multimodal approach for customers but 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.

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority said, “The RSA National air cargo terminal is an impressive and supports Dubai’s efforts to remain at the forefront of aviation and logistics globally.”

Abhishek Ajay Shah, co-founder and group CEO of RSA Global 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. “

Paul Griffiths, CEO Dubai Airports said, “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.”

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