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RSA Cold Chain to build facility in Jebel Ali Free Zone

Photo: DP World DP World and RSA signings
RSA Cold Chain has signed a lease agreement with DP World to develop a cold chain facility at the Jebel Ali Free Zone.

This new facility will be designed, built, and operated by RSA Cold Chain on a 100,000-sqm plot in the Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza). Construction of the new facility is set to begin in early 2024 with completion expected by Q1 of 2025.

RSA Cold Chain is a joint venture of Dubai-based supply chain company, RSA Global and Americold, a leader in temperature-controlled warehousing and logistics based in Atlanta.

The development will combine RSA Cold Chain’s temperature-controlled infrastructure and operational expertise with DP World’s extensive port facilities and market reach in and out of the Middle East.

“We are delighted to partner with Americold and RSA Global to provide our customers with best-in-class temperature-controlled solutions for perishable goods, strengthening the resilience of the F&B industry in the UAE and the Middle East,” said Abdullah Bin Damithan, CEO and Managing Director of DP World GCC.

Abhishek Shah, CEO of RSA Cold Chain, added that “Our initial collaboration with Americold laid the foundation for our expansion and reinforced our commitment to providing world-class cold chain solutions. Today, joining forces with DP World elevates our capabilities to serve the industry and extend our regional specialisation and reach, to reshape the food distribution landscape in the region. With the support of logistics leaders Americold and DP World, we are set to unlock exciting opportunities in the Middle East.”

Subsequent phases of development for RSA Cold Chain will nearly double its network capacity to 70,000 pallet positions.

In 2022, DP World and Americold signed a partnership agreement to invest in a more resilient, efficient, and sustainable global food supply chain. The combination of Americold’s global temperature-controlled infrastructure and strategic customer relationships with DP World’s global port infrastructure and end-to-end logistics solutions will result in optimisation of global food flows.