DHL enters strategic partnership with Ambatovy in Madagascar

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DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist within Deutsche Post DHL Group, has entered into an initial three-year global freight forwarding agreement with Ambatovy, a joint venture between Sherritt International Corporation, Sumitomo Corporation and Korea Resources Corporation. This agreement was secured and will be managed by the division’s industrial projects team which handles very large break-bulk and complex project logistics.

This agreement encompasses two contracts where DHL will provide onshore and offshore services. For the onshore contract, DHL is responsible for providing import customs clearance for airfreight shipments of mining spare parts into Madagascar, with delivery to the Ambatovy mine site from Antananarivo to Moramanga and to the plant at Toamasina through daily shuttle services.

For offshore services, DHL will provide international air and ocean freight for importation of mining equipment to support Ambatovy’s nickel, cobalt and ammonium sulphate production, consolidated at key DHL hubs in the US, Europe and China. The agreement will enable Ambatovy to benefit from the DHL material management system (MMS), an integrated in-house information management system that enables sharing of information and also controls business processes across various organisational borders. With the MMS, Ambatovy will have real-time visibility of its shipments during the move.

Steven Cox, director, supply chain management at Ambatovy, said, “We are delighted to partner DHL for our freight forwarding needs. It is critical we have direct access to our global suppliers in order to keep the operations up and running. With their track record in these areas, we are convinced they are the right partner to drive improvements in our supply chain and business.”

Ambatovy is a large-tonnage, long-life nickel and cobalt mining enterprise, which at full capacity will produce 60,000 tonnes of refined nickel, 5,600 tonnes of refined cobalt and 210,000 tonnes of ammonium sulphate fertiliser annually.

“This agreement is especially meaningful as it enables DHL to help Ambatovy manage its supply chain in order to sustain its operations in Madagascar. Our partnership will enable Ambatovy to tap into our global expertise in project forwarding, and extensive network spanning over 220 countries and territories – enabling us to operate efficiently even in challenging and remote locations, and more importantly, facilitate global trade flows and the development of infrastructure globally,” said Nikola Hagleitner, CEO of Industrial Projects, DHL Global Forwarding.

DHL Global Forwarding Industrial Projects offers services that include multi-supplier delivery and consolidation to one location over several years, transporting a 1,000-tonne module across the world, or preparing a route and feasibility survey – all significant and highly technical steps in setting up industrial plants and construction sites. The focus sectors include engineering, procurement & construction, oil & gas, mining, wind, and engineering & manufacturing.