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Abu Dhabi Exporters Learn That Logistics Can Make Them More Competitive and Profitable

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Abu Dhabi Exporters Learn That Logistics Can Make Them More Competitive and Profitable

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
The Foreign Trade and Export Support division of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) hosted a seminar, “Introduction to Export Logistics” at ADDED’s main branch. This is the second year that Export Support has conducted this seminar, Dr. Adeeb Al Afifi, Director of Foreign Trade and Export Support explained, “Last year’s attendees told us that the information received during this event was extremely useful. This included attendees from companies that export to over 50 countries. So we asked Expeditors International to lead the session again this year.” Mr. Hadi El Hajj, Branch Operations Manager, Expeditors International Abu Dhabi explained why his company is involved, “Exporting allows companies to grow and prosper. As part of the Abu Dhabi and UAE business community, we want to contribute to other companies growing by making sure they have the knowledge and tools that will allow them to do so. ”One of the roles of the Export Support division is to provide companies access to the proper skills needed to begin exporting or become exporters that are more effective. Dr. Adeeb Al Afifi, commented, “We are providing companies the opportunities through capability development programs such as today’s seminar to gain knowledge and skills needed by exporters.” He continued, “This will allow the owners and managers to make the best export decisions for their company.” The attendees learned about the fundamentals of export logistics, including cargo movements, supply chain, how to convert cargo measurements and calculate chargeable weight, understanding custom clearance, and project logistics. To be completed the day of the event, overview and comments by attendees Mr. Bader Al Jenaibi, Head of Foreign Trade Export Support Section encourages Abu Dhabi companies to participate in future events to increase company export capabilities. He emphasizes the need to have the proper knowledge and skills before trying to export or to become a more successful exporter, “Jumping into exporting without making the investment into developing your company and its staff’s knowledge will likely be counterproductive.” He continued, “Learning the knowledge and skills offered in seminars like today will increase a company’s chance of making the correct choices for them, and to grow through exporting.”
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