CMA CGM to build a large dry port near Baghdad as bonded warehouse

By Curious

CMA CGM is going to open an inland terminal near Abu Ghraib in the Baghdad Governorate in June that is exclusively going to manage and operate Iraq’s only dry port.
The company spokesman of CMA CGM told the bonded terminal would give their clients the chance, for the 1st time, to clear customs near Baghdad instead of at the Iraqi port of Umm Qasr.
“This significant upgrade indicates the intention of the shipping company CMA CGM Group to facilitate its clients’ business in Iraq and to aggrandize its roots in this flourishing market,” it was stated in Lloyd’s Loading List. The dry port is going to be linked to the inland transport network of CMA CGM, with a potential railway connection 3 km. from the site and fast in-bond transit from Umm Qasr.
The port storage facilities for full containers, LCL and refrigerated cargo are going to benefit from 24-hour surveillance and security, keeping cargo safe, told the spokesman of CMA CGM.
CMA CGM has been present in Iraq for over thirty years with 4 offices, 2 feeders linking Umm Qasr with Khorfakkan hub, and the exclusive concession of Terminal No4 in the port of Umm Qasr.
The new port is going to cover 165.000 square metres, 90.000 square metres of yard space and 12.000-TEU of storage capacity. It is also going to contain 7 buildings covering 8.500 square metres, a customs office with a container scanner to evade time-consuming manual inspections.