Emirates SkyCargo adds bonded truck service in Saudi Arabia

Emirates SkyCargo has launched bonded trucking corridors to Riydah to meet customer demand.

The cargo airline said it had introduced two bonded trucking corridors in Saudi Arabia connecting Dammam and Medina with Riyadh.

This is in response “to customer demands and provide additional capacity options for businesses overseas wanting to send cargo to Riyadh”.

The trucking service is operated by Eastern Allied Transport, an affiliate of Allied Transport Company, which operates Emirates SkyCargo’s fleet of 49 trucks between Dubai International Airport (DXB) and Dubai World Central (DWC).

With the introduction of the new bonded lanes, cargo bound for Riyadh can also be moved on flights to Dammam and Medina from Dubai and then trucked to Riyadh where they will go through import customs clearance.

Emirates SkyCargo will offer same day delivery at Riyadh for cargo that is trucked from Dammam and Medina thereby increasing the number of connectivity and delivery time options for customers.

“The trucking service not only makes more optimal use of Emirates SkyCargo’s capacity into Saudi Arabia, but also allows for a wider range of connection times for cargo arriving from around the world to travel through to Riyadh,” the airline said.

Emirates SkyCargo is currently operating the trucking service up to five times a week based on customer demand.

The trucks are tracked using GPS and cargo loaded inside the trucks are secured with tamper proof seals to ensure that cargo arrives safely at Riyadh.

The main commodities being moved currently on the trucking service include garments, courier and other general cargo.

Although Emirates SkyCargo currently only offers import capacity into Riyadh through the trucking service, the carrier will also evaluate export opportunities based on market demand.

The new trucking service comes as the carrier celebrates the 30th anniversary of its operations to the capital of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Emirates SkyCargo currently offers just over 1000 tonnes of combined export and import cargo capacity into Riyadh through its 27 weekly flights. Over the last five years, the carrier has helped transport more than 138,000 tonnes of cargo to and from Riyadh.

Some of the major commodities that Emirates SkyCargo has helped transport include chilled meat, electronic equipment, pharma and other types of general cargo.

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Damian Brett

Damian Brett
I have been writing about the freight and logistics industry since 2007 when I joined International Freighting Weekly to cover the shipping sector.After a stint in PR, I have gone on to work for Containerisation International and Lloyds List - where I was editor of container shipping - before joining Air Cargo News in 2015.Contact me on [email protected]