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Agility opens regional logistics and distribution hub in Bahrain

Bahrain - January 15, 2019

Agility, a leading global logistics provider, opened a 28,000 square meter facility in Hidd to expand its warehousing, freight, transport and specialty capabilities and serve as a regional logistics and distribution hub.

The new facility supports contract logistics with ambient, chilled and frozen storage, as well as solutions for high-value cargo. It will offer secure records management and storage and turnkey logistics for Bahrain-based manufacturers in the fast-moving consumer goods industry.

Essa Al-Saleh, CEO of Agility Global Integrated Logistics, said, Bahrain is one of their key operational markets in the Middle East, offering high-quality infrastructure and a diverse community of regional business players. With an expanding population in the GCC and an increase in demand for integrated logistics services, their investment in Bahrain will help them better serve customers in the region. The opening of their new facility is a testament to their commitment to this promising market.

The new facility, which has storage capacity of 17,000 pallet positions, represents a $10 million investment by Agility. It follows expansion of the company’s overland fleet in Bahrain to support its regional operations.

A recent World Bank report estimates that Bahrain’s economy will grow by 2.6% in 2019, driven by higher oil production and mega projects. In 2017, the total value of foreign direct investment (FDI) reached $733 million, with the share of transport and logistics being 10%.

Mr. Khalid Al Rumaihi, Chief Executive of the Bahrain Economic Development Board, said that Bahrain offers the lowest setup and operating costs for a logistics business with cost savings of 30 to 40% compared to the rest of the GCC. This has encouraged several companies to utilize our ports and free zones in order to set up businesses and access the Gulf Cooperation Council, and the Arab world.

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