Wednesday 13 February 2019
DHL Global Forwarding, the Deutsche Post DHL Group's air and ocean freight specialist, has consolidated its portfolio of humanitarian logistics services within its first Global Competence Center for Humanitarian Logistics, located in Dubai, designed to meet growing global demand for these logistics services.
The Center will see close coordination across all DHL business divisions to provide all related services and products. It offers non-governmental organizations, aid agencies, and their suppliers and manufacturers a broad range of services including air and ocean freight, customs clearance, warehousing and local distribution of humanitarian shipments.
These services will be backed by control tower and data analytics services designed to offer heightened levels of freight visibility for humanitarian situations of any level of urgency and complexity. Organizations can also use the Center to tap into DHL Global Forwarding's global network of freight connections for rapid, efficient transport of resources; as well as sector-specific services including temperature-controlled and cold-chain shipments for life sciences and healthcare - critical for public health assistance projects involving the long-term delivery of medicines and medical equipment to developing areas.
With its geographical location and longstanding reputation as a cluster for global aid and relief organizations, Dubai currently plays host to several major logistics hubs including the International Humanitarian City, the largest humanitarian hub worldwide from which nine United Nations agencies and 48 NGOs currently run logistics operations.
The Center will play the pivotal role of coordinating humanitarian logistics services globally, by leveraging expertise in regional hubs in Sub-Saharan Africa and Europe - to optimize the delivery schedule and routes to areas which need the resources.