Secure transit to the Middle East and beyond with Jafza
There is a lot to consider when it comes to ensuring the safety of your goods in transit, but Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) in Dubai says it has thought of everything.
Jafza was established in 1985 through a royal decree by the late ruler of Dubai Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, in order to augment the business of Jebel Ali Port. From small beginnings with just 19 companies, today the Free Zone has well over 7,300 customers, including having 120 of the Global fortune 500 companies registered with it.
Jebel Ali port
Jafza is immediately adjacent to Jebel Ali port, which generates a substantial amount of business from Jafza customers. Both port operator DP World and Jafza are subsidiaries of Dubai World, which is owned by the Government of Dubai. Much of the freight moving through the Free Zone originates from the port, and the two entities work together to ensure continuity in security.
Sana Maadad, spokesperson for DP World, said, “Our flagship Jebel Ali port was the first port in the Middle East to obtain the independently audited ISO 28000:2007 security management certification, and the first to achieve the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) Certificate. We are rolling out the ISO 28000 security management standard across our portfolio of more than 65 terminals across six continents, including new developments under way in India, Africa, Europe and the Middle East and it was our commitment to this independent standard that gave us membership of the US Customs -Trade Partnership against Terrorism (C-TPAT) – the only international port operator to have achieved this recognition.”
On a day-to-day basis both the port and Jafza work closely with other stakeholders to manage security, using the latest technology and processes to safeguard people, customers’ cargo and assets, and facilities.
Maadad said, “The port works particularly closely with Dubai Customs whose inspection facilities operate 24/7 to keep up with the continuous increase in the capacity handling at the port. The Customs facilities in the port are implemented with the latest international system for container scanning, including inspecting trucks’ contents via X-ray whilst they are moving. The system is capable of scanning 150 trucks per hour while driving at an average speed ranging from 8 to 15 Km/h. It is a focused inspection with the help of cutting-edge technologies that helps to obtain extraordinary level of efficiency for truck turnaround for the Port and the Free Zone.”
Dubai Customs is one of Jafza’s key strategic partners and is the key enabler of the Jafza’s unique logistics corridor, providing sea-land-air connectivity between the Jebel Ali Port, Jafza, and Al Maktoum International Airport, under customs bond. This reduces the number of customs check points goods in transit have to pass through, reducing the number of security ‘weak spots’.
The single customs bond allows goods to move duty-free within the corridor, making it exceptionally cost-effective and efficient for re-exports.
Security in the Free Zone
Security within the Free Zone is handled by a dedicated security company especially established for the port and Free Zone. World Security, a sister company under Dubai World, oversees all security arrangements within Jafza.
All gates leading into Jafza are manned by security personnel 24 hours a day 7 days a week, allowing restricted access to people and goods entering and exiting the Free Zone. Security cameras also record vehicular movement at all gates.
Jafza recently opened the new 16-lane access gate to Jebel Ali Free Zone at Jafza Gate 4 as part of the overall improvement to Gate 4 and Roundabout 6 inside the Free Zone.
The project, undertaken by Jafza and DP World, was based on comprehensive traffic studies, which indicated that 8 lanes in each direction are required to sustain the peak flow of traffic allowing for smooth entry and exit. Unhindered traffic movement into and out of the Free Zone is now assured with the segregation of heavy vehicles from light vehicles and with the redirection of containers traffic towards the bridge from and to the truck gates, container terminals and Jafza client facilities.
Opposite to the new gate, a four-lane flyover will ease the traffic at Roundabout 6, giving the trucks an overpass direct from Roundabout 7 to Jebel Ali Port Terminals 1 & 2, and container freight station (CFS) yards, as well as improving the entrance to the General Cargo berths, RORO (roll on/roll off vehicle) yards, cool and cold stores, with 4 lanes (2 lanes on each side).
The project also entails multi-level security systems and technologies such as an Automatic Plate Recognition System (APRS), long-range card reader with access control and high definition CCTV to register the vehicles passing through while creating a comprehensive database via logging the entry and exit of vehicles to the Free Zone.
One of the lanes on each side of the gate is intended for emergency use and will allow unhindered movement of Fire and Emergency vehicles into the Truck Gates. A security office with a dedicated parking area has also been constructed to process the issuance of the required entry permits for visitors.