dnata increases stake in two Dubai-based freight forwarders

posted on 6th February 2019 by Justin Burns

dnata has strengthened its position in the UAE and international freight forwarding industry by increasing its ownership in two of its Dubai-based joint venture companies.

The aviation services provider and handler has purchased a 50 per cent stake in Dubai Express, Freightworks LLC and a 25.5 per cent stake in Bolloré Logistics LLC, UAE from Kanoo Group LLC. As a result of the transaction, dnata is now the sole owner of Dubai Express, Freightworks LLC and now holds a majority stake of 51 per cent in Bolloré Logistics LLC, UAE.

The parties have agreed not to disclose the details of the financial side of the transactions. The current leadership teams will continue to manage the business and operations.

dnata senior vice president for UAE cargo & DWC airline services, Bernd Leo Struck, and chairman of Freightworks and Bolloré Logistics LLC, said: “As one of the world’s leading cargo service operators, dnata offers a comprehensive product portfolio, including a broad range of logistics and freight forwarding services, to fully meet the diverse needs of customers.

“This strategic investment underlines dnata’ s commitment to the freight forwarding industry and its growing importance. We are driven to provide superior services to the regional market as well the worldwide network of Bolloré Transport & Logistics as their regional partner.”

“We thank our previous joint venture partner, Kanoo Group, for their long-standing partnership with dnata which lasted for over 30 years.”

Freightworks, operating under the licence of Dubai Express L.L.C. and established in 1976, is a Dubai-based international multimodal freight forwarder, logistics and supply chain provider.

Along with a wide-range of transportation and logistics solutions in the 3 and 4PL space, Freightworks’ service offering includes customs compliance, project cargo planning, AOG/aircraft parts and ship spares logistics as well as full service handling of events and exhibitions.

The company also provides commercial and private removal services to local and international origins and destinations including a ‘white gloves’ fine art division, while linking the supply chain requirements of customers through its network of partners worldwide.

Bolloré Logistics LLC, UAE is one of the United Arab Emirates’ largest logistic solutions providers. Specialising in international freight forwarding and transportation, the company operates in 106 countries. Its offering includes multi-modal transportation, customs and compliance services, supply chain management and the management of industrial projects.

Although dnata has acquired a majority stake in Bolloré Logistics LLC, UAE, the company will continue to be operated as an integrated part of Bolloré Transport and Logistics.