UAE-based Momentum Logistics launches operations In US State of Delaware

Specialised 3PL provider now supports Gulftainer's GT USA-Wilmington operations

UAE-based Momentum Logistics launches operations In US State of Delaware

Sharjah-UAE: Momentum Logistics, a subsidiary of Gulftainer, the world’s largest privately owned independent port operator, headquartered in the UAE, has launched operations in the US State of Delaware in a bid to support Gulftainer’s US subsidiary GT USA-Wilmington. Momentum Logistics – Delaware is set to significantly reinforce the global presence of the parent company based at the Sharjah Inland Container Depot (SICD).

With operations spanning the Middle East and the USA, Momentum Logistics aims to provide its complete suite of supply chain management solutions to the GT USA-Wilmington entity in Delaware.

Speaking on the milestone, Peter Richards, Group Chief Executive Officer of Gulftainer, said: “This is the first venture for Momentum Logistics in Delaware, USA. The homegrown company has established an award-winning record in transportation, freight forwarding, warehousing and container services in Gulftainer ports throughout the Middle East, and it now seeks to replicate that success in the USA.”

He added: “Building on Gulftainer’s 40-year record of cost-effective and safe inland transport and distribution, Momentum brings to Delaware the same superior level of customer service it has gained a reputation for around the world.”

Momentum Logistics’ services include:

  • Freight forwarding, a one-stop solution that includes air freight, ocean freight, customs clearance and land transport
  • Warehousing, which capitalizes on the Port of Wilmington’s six refrigerated, state-of-the-art cold storage warehouses, 800,000 square feet of dockside cold storage in six warehouses, two state-of-the-art dry cargo warehouses totalling 250,000 square feet, and

less-than-container load (LCL) facilities

  • Container repair, undertaken through Gulf Container Repair (GCR), one the largest container sales and trading companies in the Middle East that specialises in container conversions and modifications

Momentum Logistics was established in December 2008 to support Gulftainer’s terminal operations. Since its inception, the company has expanded its scope and secured independent logistics contracts around the world. 

In 2019, Momentum Logistics received the International Safety Award from the British Safety Council and the Silver Award at the RoSPA, as well as Gold for Fleet Safety at the RoSPA Awards.

In addition, Gulftainer obtained the RoSPA Gold Award, that acknowledges exceptional levels of occupational health and safety in 2018 and 2019, and the Logistics Middle East Award for CSR Initiative of the Year in 2018. In 2017, it won the ICT Achievement Award for Logistics Deployment of the Year and the Logistics Middle East Award for Technology Implementation of the Year.


About Momentum Logistics

Momentum Logistics is a fully integrated third-party logistics (3PL) services provider and a wholly owned subsidiary of Gulftainer. Founded in October 2008 to enhance Gulftainer’s service offering, Momentum Logistics provides expert consultancy to over 500 clients, offering a complete suite of supply chain management solutions including transportation, freight forwarding, warehousing, logistics cities and container services. With operations spanning the Middle East and South Asia, Momentum Logistics believes in the importance of comprehensive understanding with the provision of customer centric solutions and occupies a unique niche by offering outstanding customer service and competitive pricing. For further information, visit 

About Gulftainer

Gulftainer is the world’s largest privately owned independent port operator. Established in Sharjah in 1976, the rapidly expanding ports and logistics company has built a strong global presence.

In the UAE, the company operates three main ports on behalf of the Sharjah Port Authority – Sharjah Container Terminal (SCT), Khorfakkan Container Terminal (KCT) and Hamriyah Port. Its flagship terminal, the award-winning KCT, is recognised as one of the most productive container terminals in the world.

In March 2019, Gulftainer introduced the Sharjah Port of Trade (S.P.O.T.) service, a new strategic sea cargo clearance proposition in the UAE. Located in the UAE’s commercial centre, S.P.O.T. significantly raises the bar for service levels in the industry with substantial cost and time savings, enhanced online customs clearance and 24-hour access to major roads. It also offers a state-of-the-art facility for on-site cargo inspection, quality sampling and testing services at the importers’ premises. 

Globally, the Gulftainer Group operates and manages ports and logistics businesses in several countries, including Iraq (Iraq Container Terminal, Iraq Project Terminal, Iraq South Terminal and Umm Qasr Logistics Centre), Pakistan (GTL-MTI) and Lebanon (Tripoli Container Terminal). In Saudi Arabia, Gulftainer is the majority shareholder in Gulf Stevedoring Contracting Company (GSCCO), which manages and operates the Northern Container Terminal in Jeddah, Jubail Industrial Port and Jubail Commercial Port. The company’s first USA facility, Canaveral Cargo Terminal in Florida, opened in June 2015 following the signing of a 35-year agreement that made Gulftainer the first and only port management company from the Middle East to operate in the country. Gulftainer’s presence in North America expanded in 2018 with the signing of a 50-year concession agreement with the state of Delaware to manage and operate the Port of Wilmington, a deepwater port and marine terminal serving the Eastern Seaboard.

The company aims to expand its global portfolio in the next 10 years to receive more than 10,000 vessel calls and triple its container-handling capacity to 15 million TEUs.

Gulftainer has received multiple accolades in recognition of its quality practices, including the RoSPA Gold Award, acknowledging exceptional levels of occupational health and safety, in 2018, CSR Initiative of the Year and Technology Implementation of the Year at the Logistics Middle East Awards in 2018 and 2017 respectively, and the Port & Terminal Operator Award at the Seatrade Maritime Awards Middle East, Indian Subcontinent & Africa in 2017 and 2016.

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