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Air and ocean freight specialist DHL Global Forwarding has entered into an initial three-year global freight forwarding agreement for the Ambatovy mine in Madagascar
This agreement encompasses two contracts where DHL will provide onshore and off-shore services for Ambatovy, a joint venture between Sherritt International Corporation, Sumitomo Corporation and Korea Resources Corporation.
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.
For the on-shore 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 off-shore services, DHL will provide international air and ocean freight for importation of mining equipment to support Ambatovy’s nickel, cobalt and ammonium sulphate production, which will be 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), which will allow it real time visibility of its shipments during the move.
Ambatovy supply chain management director Steven Cox 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.”