Transport in Middle East and to South-western Asia or from the countries within these regions requires a special problem solving competence and a good network. Land transport has gained importance here and competes with sea freight in cost terms, as the relevant ports offer only inadequate and often interrupted domestic connections due to the political and economic conditions.
Thus, Turkey gained importance as a transit country, for direct truck-land transport and onward carriages of containers as well as for transhipment of goods for the provision of Iraq, Syria and other eastern countries like Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, Turkmenistan. Turkey enjoys a long-term growth and expansion of logistics. It has been still benefitted due to crises in Syria and in Iraq and instability of the routes due to it, which were temporarily led via Jordanian port Aqaba into the interior of Iraq. Turkey’s capacity as a transit country has recently increased further due to the growing activity of carriers in neighboring countries.
Therefore, it is well worth comparing sea freight rates with land transportation rates when calculating transportation, especially for part loads. Due to port costs and high onward-carriage costs for containers and Less than Truck Loads after unloading, land transportation can be the more cost-effective and straightforward solution for countries in the Middle East.
Our task is to provide advice to the exporting and importing companies in advance during the planning phase, to place our experience at their disposal and to determine the best routes mutually according to the criteria like transport security, simple handling of documents and costs. Thus, we get in touch with the commercial partner in advance as per the wish of the shipper or consignee in order to include the special requests and requirements in the planning phase and to clarify the following questions:
- Which point of entry the customer would like to be controlled and which routes should be navigated?
- Which documents should be prepared and how? Does one require certificates and legalisations?
- Should specific certificates be procured in advance?