Aqaba Container Terminal Positions as a Logistics Hub in Jordan

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

December 19, 2018

Image: Aqaba Container Terminal

Image: Aqaba Container Terminal

Jordan's Aqaba Container Terminal (ACT), operated by APM Terminals,  is making strong progress in its transformation into a transport and logistics hub for the Levant region.

The port operating company in Jordan said that this is being driven by improvements in infrastructure, capacity and digital systems spearheaded by the container port.

“The port´s new platform and systems enhance Aqaba's competitiveness in the fields of industry and logistics and is transforming it into a logistical gateway for various modes of transportation across the Middle East," commented Nasser Al-Shraideh, Chief Commissioner of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA).

"Private-public partnerships like ACT, are key to closing the gap as they bring digital competence, investment and knowledge. Efficient port infrastructure is fundamental in catalysing growth for Jordan and the region, and for our customers to connect and simplify their supply chains. We are committed to Aqaba for the long term,” said Morten Engelstoft, CEO of APM Terminals.

According to Samir Murad, Minister of Labour for Jordan, the investment environment in the country is currently the best in the region due to security, location, a free trade agreement with the United States, and the application of rules of origin.

“The Aqaba Container Terminal handles around 850,000 containers a year and has the capacity for more than 1,200,000 containers,” said ACT CEO Stephen Yoogalingam.
At 1,000 meters, the quay length is capable of dealing with all types of ships and has become an important economic station in Aqaba, boosting the movement of imports and exports. APM also has an established Inland Service logistics hub in Amman.

ACT has now become one of the three main terminals on the Red Sea following the introduction of advanced technology across all procedures, said the release.

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