Part of the Ghassan Aboud Group—a multi-disciplined conglomerate founded in 1994—Gallega has been serving the Group’s operating companies with integrated logistics solutions and supply chain engineering for more than two decades. Gallega manages vehicle yards, spare parts warehouses, shipping, customs documentation and related logistics—shipping products to more than 100 countries. Now, it’s preparing for growth, offering its services as a 3PL organisation.
Looking ahead and Gallega’s key focus is on automotive clients, to manage their logistics activities in-house and offer them cost-efficient logistics solutions supported by technology to meet supply chain challenges. It already has significant facilities in KIZAD (Abu Dhabi) and JAFZA (Dubai) free zones, and it recently completed construction on a fullyfledged Automotive Logistics Park covering 325,000 sqm in KIZAD.
The park offers services on finished vehicle logistics, general warehousing, automobile workshops, customs clearance and transportation. The project aims to provide a compelling value proposition for regional distributors, dealers and global OEMs.
“In the context of the current market conditions, customers are seeking to optimize their cost of logistics, while maintaining a competitive advantage. At Gallega, we offer a compelling value proposition, tailored to customer needs using our extensive experience in the field for more than two decades.And furthermore, our customers can leverage on our logistics hubs in the key UAE free zones, with a market reach of more than 100 countries,” said CEO of Gallega Global Logistics, Shirish Deshpande. “Through the most recent technologies and innovation in process, we are capable of delivering services to 3PL customers with end-to-end visibility—a critical business requirement”
Gallega is also offering end-to-end supply chain solutions for global customers in freight forwarding (air, sea and land), land transportation to GCC and levant countries, customs bonded warehousing and customs/vat documentation for the import and export of shipments.
This growth comes at a time of continued expansion for the UAE, as it cements itself as a global hub and vital port in the worldwide logistics infrastructure. According to the World Bank’s latest Logistics Performance Index, the UAE ranks 13th out of 160 countries. When compared with its emerging market peers, the UAE ranks first.
The UAE’s location makes it an ideal supply and redistribution gateway and offers huge potential to logistics companies. The country is well-positioned globally to be amongst the top logistics hotspots as it emerges as a major transshipment hub, and it operates one of the world’s busiest airports, making it superbly connected and well-suited for multi-modal transport.
According to Frost & Sullivan, the logistics sector in GCC was estimated to be worth $107 billion in 2016, of which the road transportation sector accounted for $26.9 billion. This is growing at a conservative rate of 5% year-on-year, indicating room for growth for several players.
The UAE’s overall business-friendly environment, alongside the continued growth of the industrial and logistics sector both regionally and globally, are likely to fuel demand for multinational firms to set up regional operations to service not only the GCC countries, but also the wider MEASA region. For many global industrial and logistics firms, the traditional entry point to the market has been through the various free zones that have been set up in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
As part of the UAE’s Vision 2021, Abu Dhabi’s Economic Vision 2030 and Dubai’s Industrial Strategy 2030, the development of the industrial sector is a strategically important goal for the sustained long-term success of the national economy. In line with these initiatives, the development of the logistics and supply chain industries by ADPC and KIZAD would play a key role.
As the country continues to increase its investment in logistics infrastructure, Gallega Global Logistics is planning to play a key role in the industry’s development. The building blocks are in place to manage a significant leap in efficiency for global and regional supply-chains.