Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018
ROME

Container shipping sets sight on continued growth in Aqaba

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Rome, December 21 - The liberalized duty-free area
encompassing Aqaba is a gateway for access to the Middle East,
Asia and Europe. On top of being a burgeoning resort area, it is
increasingly becoming a point of reference as a transit gateway
for commerce and shipping.
Danish-born, Aqaba-immigrated Soren Hansen is determined
to put the Red Sea port city on the map as a shipping hub that
stands above the rest.
"Our business has doubled since 2006 and every year the
how-tos of daily business dealings and interface with local
authorities get easier and easier," the CEO of Aqaba Container
Terminal (ACT) Pvt Co., Hansen says.
"Shipping in containers is safe and generally cheaper. For
the areas we cover, it is an excellent choice for cargo of all
kinds," he says.
The terminal is situated on the northern shores of the
Gulf Of Aqaba, in the southern end of Jordan and has adequate
facilities to accommodate vessels up to 540 meters long.
ACT is one of the key stakeholders in the multi-sector
development area ASEZA ((Aqaba Special Economic Zone) that has
its sights on becoming a world-class hub for business and
leisure.
ASEZA was born in 1984, when King Abdullah II of Jordan
tapped the port town of Aqaba to become not only a Red Sea hub
for shipping and transit, but also as a tourist destination
primed for leisure travellers.
Hansen says that working in ASEZA is in perfect synergy
with ACT's mission to develop and upgrade a sustainable modern,
transparent, competitive, reliable, and profitable supply chain
stretching into Jordan, Iraq, and the Levant region.
"Right now there is more being imported than exported,"
says Hansen, who lives in the resort town with his wife and
children. "But with a few more years, we are confident that we
can get that balance right".

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