In an effort to provide a modern cargo facility at the Roberts International Airport, (RIA), Global Logistics Services Inc, (GLS) a Liberian company has partnered with National Aviation Services (NAS), a leading aviation services provider to manage a 25-year air cargo operations concession in Liberia.
Regarding the terms of the concession, the companies will develop the country’s Aviation sector, provide expertise in handling international cargo and maintain local logistics and support, RIA’s board Chair Gbarzongar Findley said Friday in Charlesville, Margibi County.
Liberia’s aviation related agencies will benefit from human and operating capacity development with the goal of boosting Liberia’s air cargo supply chain capabilities.
Under the terms of the agreement, GLS-NAS will design, finance, build, maintain, operate and transfer (DFBMOT) a new, modern cargo facility at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) in Monrovia.
The partnership will also see RIA’s air cargo operations to meet international standards and support export supply chain capacity in the country.
The new storage facility will cover a ground area of approximately 2,700 square miles. Other equipment Improvements Including upgrades to current operating systems and capacity as well as certifications and capabilities to handle all forms of cargo under the International Air Transport is expected to take place with the signing of the agreement.
Speaking at the signing ceremony Saturday, Peter Malcolm King Chief Executive Officer of GLS Said: “The partnership with NAS headlines the GLS commitment to delivering world class cargo operations to the RIA and creates the necessary stimulus to improve airfreight supply chain into Liberia. We expect the JV Company as concession operators, to drive efficiency, eliminate delays and bottlenecks in the clearing process, and have an overall effect in lowering Production and transaction costs in Liberia. We are fully committed to ensuring RIA benefit from the unique service offerings that will be introduced at the RIA”.
For his part, Hassan El Houry, Group Chief Executive Officer of NAS said “The Roberts International Airport in Monrovia is currently served by seven airlines including Air Côte d’Ivoire, Brussels Airlines, Kenya Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Royal Air Maroc.
According to him, the new facility developed by the NAS –GLS JV will provide the much needed infrastructure to enhance air cargo supply chain operations, help improve trade barriers and boost Liberia’s potential as a hub in the Mano River sub- region. ”Once completed in 2019, the facility will also be equipped to handle special cargo, such as perishables, pharmaceuticals, minerals, vulnerable goods, dangerous goods and hazardous materials. The facility will also have a dedicated freighter parking to support time efficient operations.
Writes Alex Yomah