Dubai, 24 February, 2009: Global marine terminal operator DP World’s UAE Region today announced that it will maintain 2008 tariff rates this year at its flagship Jebel Ali Port.
‘It will also revert to providing 10 days free storage time for all local importers with effect from 01 March, 2009.DP World, UAE Region had earlier planned to increase container handling fees at Jebel Ali Port and had reduced free storage time in the terminal to relieve congestion over the summer months. Mohammed Al Muallem, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, DP World’s UAE Region, said: “We have listened to our customers, who are being impacted by the global economic slowdown, and have made the decision to maintain rates at 2008 levels and extend storage times. This will give them a measure of relief as they plan for the year. “Commenting on the impact of these revisions, Dirk Van Den Bosch, Chief Commercial Officer, DP World’s UAE Region, said:“This will effectively provide traders a 100 percent saving on storage for a container that typically would have remained in the terminal for a period of 10 days. Further, maintaining our existing rates will ensure cost stability for Dubai’s traders.” These initiatives underscore DP World’s consistent trade friendly approach at Jebel Ali and affirms Dubai’s role as a leading commercial hub.