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Qatar Logistics signs international alliance

Qatar Logistics has signed a global agreement for freight forwarding activities with the US-based company IJS Global.

Qatar Logistics has signed a global agreement for freight forwarding activities with the US-based company IJS Global.

The development is the latest in Qatar Logistics’ restructuring and expansion programme, which has included the introduction of various new services, such as document storage, international relocation and third party logistics.

The company has also opened a new distribution centre in October, measuring 79,000 cubic metres, to cope with increase demand for logistics services in the bustling city of Doha.

“We have invested heavily in the expansion of Qatar Logistics, not only in the new 3PL facility, but in people, infrastructure and IT systems,” said Steve Cooper, general manager of commercial logistics at Mannai Corporation, which owns Qatar Logistics. “Although we had discussions with quite a few potential partners for the global freight side of the business, IJS was the one company that stood out above the others. When you look at their management structure, they have attracted some of the top names in the business, and all of those factors, together with their aggressive marketing strategy, helped to clinch the deal.”

IJS Global has US offices in Newark, Portland, Houston, Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and New York. It has also acquired companies in Hong Kong, China, Philippines, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Singapore and Brazil.

It is now turning its focus to the lucrative Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, with the establishment of an EMEA head office in Schipol, Netherlands, and a Middle East regional office in Dubai.

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