Naqel Express awarded airport ground handling licence

With this certification, Naqel has joined the club of GACAR 151 certified operators in Saudi Arabia along with Saudia Cargo and SATS

01 September 2021

The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) of Saudi Arabia has approved Naqel Express for its completion of all technical and operational standards achieving high levels of compliance with the global rules and regulations of aviation security and safety.

Accordingly, Naqel was awarded the operating licence for ground handling service providers (GACAR 151) for freight and mail handling in Riyadh Airport, according to a statement by the company.

With this certification, Naqel has joined the club of GACAR 151 certified operators in Saudi Arabia along with Saudia Cargo and SATS (Singapore Air Terminal Services). This certification will render Naqel Express a clear competitive edge in smooth and faster handling and processing of air freight shipments imported into Saudi Arabia.

Naqel Express has already invested over SR300 million ($80 million) in the expansion of its operations facilities at the three key airports in Jeddah (KAIA), Riyadh (KKIA) and Dammam (KFIA). “We are leveraging on our state of art gateway facilities and ground handling capabilities in offering fast clearance and smooth handling and delivery of shipments to our final customers in the Kingdom,” said Ammar Al Harbi, Director of Gateway Operations, Naqel Express.

Last month Naqel was also nominated in the list of the Authorized Economic Operators in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) is a programme based on partnership concept between Customs and businesses to strengthen the international supply chain security and provide more trade facilitation benefits. It is the global standard since its adoption by the World Customs Organization (WCO) SAFE Framework of Standards by the WCO Council in 2005. It is also one of the components of the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) which entered into force on February 22, 2017.

Companies in the supply chain that have applied to the programme and validated are classified as low risk business partners and can therefore be trusted by Customs. These companies will receive significant benefits that will simplify their customs procedures, create greater predictability for business activities at the border, and facilitate the movement of their goods at a lower cost.

“Being an Authorized Economic Operator, we will be able to facilitate smooth and faster processing of both exports and imports in all our seaports and land port facilities. With the largest distribution and delivery network in the Kingdom, we are now offering seamless end-to-end delivery for our valued customers,” said Ammar Al Harbi.  

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