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About OOCL in the Middle East

OOCL’s presence in the Middle East and Africa region comprises of the GCC Countries (Gulf Cooperation Council), Iran, Jordan, Yemen, Iraq, Sudan, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya and Somalia. GCC comprises of United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait and Qatar. The UAE, where OOCL’s regional office for the Middle East is located (Dubai) has seven Emirates; Abu Dhabi (capital of UAE), Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah and Umm Al Quwain.

OOCL (UAE) LLC began its operations in Dubai, UAE on the 1st of March 2005. It serves as the regional office for the Middle East and coordinates various functions for the region.

In the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Dammam, Riyadh and Jeddah), OOCL is represented by Orient Overseas Cargo Line Co. Barwil-Wilhemsen Group represents OOCL in Bahrain, Oman (Muscat), Qatar (Doha). Sharaf Shipping Agency represents OOCL in Iraq (Pioneer Marine Services Co Ltd), Djibouti (Diamond Shipping Services), Ethiopia (Champion Shipping PLC) and Sudan (Sharaf Shipping Co). In Iran, OOCL is represented by Orient Ocean Caravan Line (PJS).   In Kuwait, OOCL is represented by Kanoo Shipping c/o Al Rashed International Shipping Company Limited. Naouri Group (Jadara Shipping & Forwarding) represents OOCL in Jordan.

 Dubai is a major shipping hub, and it is estimated that, approximately 80% of cargo that moves on the Middle East-Asia Trade has gone through the ports of Dubai. In general the region imports all necessary goods from rest of the world and the containerized exports include resin derivatives, aluminum, petroleum bi-products and many others. The region facilitates tax free trading activities wherein cargo is re-exported to Europe, Africa and CIS, etc.




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