18 thousand companies in Dubai benefit from "Zadi"
Dubai Trade launches a unified platform to support the food security system
Mohamed Al Moallem: "Connecting food merchants with the world, so that they can reach stock at the perfect time."
The Dubai Trade Gate, the unified electronic window for cross-border logistics and trade, which is affiliated with the Dubai Ports World - UAE Region, announced the launch of the unified Zadi platform for food import, which is the first of its kind in the Middle East, to facilitate import operations. And re-export of food through the ports of the Emirate of Dubai.
More than 18,000 companies in Dubai benefit from the Zadi platform, as about 360,000 transactions will be cleared annually, according to a statement issued yesterday.
“The functional essence of the (Zadi) platform is to protect the food supply chain from monopoly, supply and demand fluctuations, and to avoid supply shortages and spoilage of food crops on its land,” said Mohammed Al Muallem, Executive Director and General Manager of DP World Emirates Region. It is difficult to compensate them after the end of their agricultural seasons if they are not accompanied by the shipping, re-export and logistical handling requests.
He continued: “We do this by linking food merchants with the world, in order to reach food stocks at the ideal time, taking advantage of the presence of (DP World) in more than 50 countries, and securing the transportation of foodstuffs through a number of options provided by our shipping lines partners, with integration. With Dubai Customs and Dubai Municipality, procedures can be done easily and smoothly, and let us say to the countries of the world that you can now rely on Dubai to obtain food supplies, through our logistical capabilities and our integrated electronic services, which contribute to achieving food security, locally and regionally.
As for the Director General of Dubai Customs, Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, he said: “Just as the world after the (Covid-19) pandemic is not like the world before it, we say with confidence that the food trade after the (Zadi) platform will be completely different from what it was before Its launch ».
He added, "We will be able, through the (Zadi) platform, to conduct all customs transactions, inspect and clear food shipments more quickly than they were in the past."
In the same context, the Director General of Dubai Municipality, Eng. Dawood Al-Hajri, said that the platform enables the facilitation of the release of imported food and the unification of service delivery channels in a way that meets the aspirations of the customers, and facilitates the management of external supplies to secure the strategic food stock, stressing that the platform helps in drawing a complete picture for us. As decision-makers, with the integrated data you own about the supply and supply chain of foodstuffs from all food-exporting countries to the country.