In its efforts to accelerate the adoption of digital solutions within the trade and logistics sector in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, and to continue developing services and solutions provided by the advanced platform for trade and logistics (Otlob), Al Maqtaa Gateway announced, The digital arm of the Abu Dhabi Ports Group announced providing the “Otlob” platform with digital solutions aimed at enriching and supporting the business of the air freight sector. Al Nahyan, member of the Executive Council of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and head of the Abu Dhabi Executive Office in May of the year 2020, and is the first of its kind in the region, and was developed by Al Maqta Gate Company under the supervision of the Department of Economic Development – Abu Dhabi, and aims to unify The operations and facilitation of the trade and logistics sector, in addition to linking the maritime, air and land sectors and the industrial and economic zones work system with all the bodies regulating these economic activities.
The new digital solutions that have been developed in close cooperation with a number of partners such as Airport Abu Dhabi, and the Etihad Cargo Company, and Etihad Airport Services Company in simplifying air cargo operations across all five airports in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
In addition to the distinguished capabilities provided by the advanced platform for trade and logistics services (Otlob) in digitizing and simplifying air freight operations, including Benefiting stakeholders and customers alike, the new solutions provide enhanced levels of business efficiency, including reducing waiting times by 578%, and improving delivery time rates through the integration of customs operations in this system , enhancing the levels of tracking shipments, providing appropriate channels for electronic payments, as well as upgrading the employment of storage facilities by providing an advanced digital system for booking appointments.
Dr. Noura Al Dhaheri, Head of Digital Sector – Abu Dhabi Ports Group, indicated. and CEO of Maqta Gateway, that the completion of the integration of air freight support solutions within the advanced platform for trade and logistics (Otlob) constitutes a major station on the road to accelerating the digitization of trade and logistics in the region.
She said: “It embodies the Continuous development of our platforms and services Our wise leadership’s vision is to build an integrated national logistics services system that enhances the position of Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates as a leading commercial, logistical and economic center with enormous digital capabilities that allow it to meet current and future needs. As the (Otlob) platform performs many tasks that enhance levels of clarity and transparency along the value chain, and contribute to enabling stakeholders to achieve the best levels of efficiency in their business related to air freight operations from the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.”
He said Dr. Ali Hussein Makki, Executive Director of Logistics Support and Trade Facilitation Sector, Department of Economic Development – Abu Dhabi: “This latest step in the continuous development of the Otlob platform is an important achievement in the context of the continuous progress made by the Emirate of Abu Dhabi on the path to becoming a global center for trade and services Logistics.”
He added: “Digital air freight solutions constitute a valuable addition to the advantages of the (Otlob) platform, and help support the trade system in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, and facilitate doing business in the United Arab Emirates and abroad. . We look forward to working closely with regional leaders in the logistics sector such as Abu Dhabi Ports Group and Etihad Airways to launch innovative solutions that are applicable across the value chain.”
In turn, Francois Burin, Chief Commercial Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports, With the digital solutions that Maqta Gateway succeeded in integrating into the “Otlob” platform, to support the business of the air freight sector. He said: “These new digital solutions are an indication of the importance of cooperation between stakeholders and the application of innovative technologies to simplify procedures to enhance Abu Dhabi’s leading position as a center for global movement of goods and trade. We are confident that these additional capabilities of the platform will have positive impacts on airport and airline operations by accelerating air cargo traffic.”
To ensure the implementation of these new solutions across the air freight system, Maqta Gateway recently signed An agreement with the Etihad Aviation Group under which the two parties will cooperate to spread these digital solutions among all customers, partners and stakeholders in the air cargo sector.
For his part, Martin Drew, Senior Vice President of Sales and Cargo, Etihad Aviation Group pointed out the importance of these The move, stressing that it achieves positive results towards achieving digital transformation within the sector and providing a wide range of benefits to operators and all stakeholders by providing improved service offers to customers, thus consolidating the position of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi as a global center for trade, logistics and shipping.
He said: “In light of the sector’s expectations that the volume of air freight operations will double over the next twenty years, bringing the revenues against the freight ton-kilometre index to 578 billion US dollars, the Emirate of Abu Dhabi will be ready to adopt digital technologies, in a way that enhances Period
Gibran Al-Buraiki, General Manager of Etihad Airport Services, said: “The large and advanced capabilities of the (Otlob) platform will allow stakeholders in the land, sea, air and railway sectors in the near future, to complete commercial operations In accordance with an integrated and highly efficient digital approach, as well as enabling users to obtain the services they need and complete payments through a single window interface.”
He added: “Better levels of operational efficiency and faster processing of goods movement will contribute, In improving the movement of air freight to and from the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, and providing a single platform that brings together dealers, shipping companies and other stakeholders works to speed up the entire shipping process and achieve great benefits for all parties within the air freight system.
These solutions work To support the business of all users of the Otlob platform, reduce the use of paper transactions required for air freight operations by
%, and reduce the need for freight agents to attend the airport by
% through what It provides access to all documents and complete payments digitally.
K This contributed to reducing the time required to complete the entire process from one hour to six minutes only. In addition, digitization helped improve the efficiency of employees in performing their tasks by 50%. The advanced digital solutions for air freight also helped reduce the time required to deliver exports and imports by 50%, which was achieved thanks to the electronic submission of the required documents, and enabled ground service workers to conduct inspections in an efficient manner. Advance and processing shipments without the need to wait for the customer to come to the service windows.
For exports, the new service helped reduce the time needed to complete transactions by about 67 % to decrease from 578 to 50 minutes, and the time required to complete import transactions decreased by 25 % from 90 to 54 minutes, in addition to this new addition provided by (Otlob) platform, it reduced the time required to wait for trucks by %.
The latest developments in this pioneering platform in the sector included the joining of the trade and logistics business system in the Emirate of Fujairah to the services of the (Otlob) platform, which It has transformed the way business is done in the emirate, as well as adding capabilities for exporters that collect and categorize data related to markets. The targeted markets are analyzed and analyzed to provide information on the sectors in a way that gives exporters in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi vital information that they can rely on when making a decision. – Abu Dhabi and other regulatory bodies, and allows parties operating in the trade sector to supervise the entire operations of clearing their shipments through a single window.