The UAE came into existence in 1971 and at the time its main export was oil. It is this commodity which drove the development of the Emirates and led to the massive development projects of the 1990’s and early 2000’s. During this period the Emirates also started to develop free zones to attempt to diversify the economy away from oil. Large investments were put into various logistics areas including the Jebel Ali Free Zone. This has now become the largest free zone in the world and has become used as a transshipment point for supply chain logistics around the world.

Map of Jebal Ali

Jebal Ali Free Zone [Google Maps]

The combination of both good air and sea transport links, combined with purpose built free zones have made it a very popular and cost effective location. If you are looking to distribute into Africa, Europe and the Middle East then Dubai in the UAE with its free zone has several advantages.

AJF uses Jebel Ali as it main hub for delivering its logistics services into the Middle East and Europe via our agents here. Operating within the Jebel Ali Free Zone we are able to undertake the following.

Trans-shipment Case Study

A company imported regularly into the UK full 40ft Containers from a manufacturer in China and wanted to expand to several other new clients in Europe. The new clients only required a few full pallets every few weeks. Originally they wanted to fulfil from the UK however the costs of re-working the goods and sending them out from the UK was high even though the UK was in the EU. The alternative was bringing the goods into a warehouse into the Jebal Ali area. Here the container’s were unloaded, the pallets were checked and certain labelling was replaced. The pallets were then exported direct to the supplier using a Dubai trading company, preventing both the receiver and the Chinese manufacturer knowing  each other.

We can manage as in-house logistics contracts for companies which want to out-source all of their supply chain requirements. This includes locating the facilities and set up the procedures to handle the import and redistribution of the goods.

If you have questions about our services or want quotes for shipping or our supply chain logistics then please contact by phone or use our contact form


India Post like most state owned services around the world has found it difficult over the past few years coping with the massive change in the way people communicate, with email and instant messaging replacing most letters and business correspondence. As more India cities in the second tier and third tier continue to grow their retail ecommece, India Post sees this growth as an opportunity to provide  e-commerce players the last mile connectivity to their customers.

India Post wants to restructure and develop its parcel network, operations and delivery to meet the demands of todays’s ecommerce stores for their need to ship and delivery their parcels. With 1,39,086 post offices in its network, the post office feels it should be in the best position to offer the last mile delivery link for parcels to ecommerce buyers.  With India’s e-commerce market increased from about $2.5 billion in 2009 to $16 billion in 2013 and is expected to touch $56 billion by 2023 according to Assocham India Post needs to adapt.

Supporting this drive to handle e-commerce comments  made by the Postmaster General Merwin Alexandera said  a new postage handling facility developments on a nine-acre site along GST Road in Chennia to complement along with similar developments in Mumbai and Hyderabad, as part of the 12th Five Year Plan.  These will compliment centres already in operation serving New Delhi and Kolkata.

If you are looking at fulfilment and warehousing order picking services  then contact us. We work with all couriers including India Post to offer a comprehensive range of services for ecommerce retailers whether you are based in India or outside the country.

Source: India Postal Site

Source: India Postal Site Book of Information