Global Shipping & Logistics signs deal with DHL-Danzas and Master Foods

DUBAI — Global Shipping & Logistics (GSL), a young logistics service provider and subsidiary of Al Shirawi Group, is expecting a significant increase in its business operation following an agreement with DHL-Danzas and Master Foods.

By Jose N Franco Jr

Published: Mon 7 May 2007, 8:41 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 10:56 PM

Khalid Al Shirawi, executive director of GSL, said the company would host, manage and provide a specialised support to DHL Danzas, an innovative global freight forwarder and subsidiary of Deutsche Post World Net, the world's leading provider of IT-supported logistics solutions covering air and ocean shipment. Al Shirawi said GSL would be in charge with the distribution of products by Master Foods, a unit responsible for sales and marketing of chocolate products by Mars Incorporated, in the UAE, other Gulf states and the entire MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region.

"Today, we see Dubai as a business hub," he said in an interview during a dinner celebration at the World Trade Centre.

Al Shirawi stressed that the tripartite agreement is in line with the ideology being promoted by the Dubai government and His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, of doing "ethical business" through the building of good relationships among entrepreneurs.

"This association between GSL, Danzas and Master Foods inculcates this business philosophy in every respect, thereby setting an example for one and all industry segments," Al Shirawi said.

GSL has a Dh130 million warehousing and distribution centre at Dubai Investment Park, and installed last year one of the most hi-tech cooling systems that allows customers to monitor their food consignments on the Internet. Its facility also features racking and converters to maximise cold storage space. The complex offers a total of 20,000-tonne capacity for frozen and chilled products, with temperatures ranging from -25C to +4C.

A dozen special chambers offer storage spaces ranging from 12 sea containers to 1,500 pallets of stock. Master Foods sells various chocolate brands, including Snickers, Mars and M&M's, Abou Siouf, Galaxy and Uncle Ben's, to some 1.4 billion consumers worldwide. It has regional offices in Dubai, Cairo and Casablanca.

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