Basra Gateway Terminal (BGT), International Container Terminal Services, Inc.’s (ICTSI) operation at the Port of Umm Qasr, recently welcomed the first direct freight service between the United Arab Emirates and Iraq.

Basra Gateway Terminal handles first direct UAE-Iraq freight service
Caption: The RoRo vessel WHITELAND, which operates DP World’s UAE-Iraq service, docked at Basra Gateway Terminal.

Operated by DP World, the service connects Jebel Ali in Dubai with Umm Qasr and potentially all of Iraq with fast, efficient and safe roll-on, roll-off (RoRo) shipments. Compared to the usual 14-day period for cross-border land transport between the two countries, the service offers a drastically cut alternative travel time of only 36-hours from the Port of Jebel Ali to the Port of Umm Qasr. 

The service caters to unaccompanied trailers, which are transported by sea sans truck cabs. From the Port of Jebel Ali, the trailers are loaded on to the vessel and discharged at the Port of Umm Qasr, where a local truck transports it directly to the end destination. Prior to the start of this service, Iraq-bound cargo from the UAE that are transported by road needed to be transloaded or transferred from one truck to another.

The arrival of the service complements the fast-growing economy of Iraq by offering a more efficient trade route compared to export and import cargo transiting through neighboring countries. BGT, as the only RoRo terminal in Iraq, is ready for the challenge of facilitating the efficient movement of trade between the two countries.