CMA CGM said it will open an inland port in Iraq's Abu Ghreib area, near Baghdad, in June.
The French liner carrier said it will manage and operate the terminal, giving customers the opportunity to clear their cargo through customs near Baghdad instead of Umm Qasr.
"This important upgrade shows the intention of the CMA CGM Group to facilitate its customers’ business in Iraq and to strengthen its roots in this flourishing market," the company said.
The terminal will have the ability to store 12,000 TEUs and is three kilometers from a railroad offering fast in-bond transit from Umm Qasr. The storage facilities for full and less-than-containerloads and refrigerated cargoes will benefit from 24-hours surveillance and security services, CMA CGM said. - Chris Dupin