DHL Global Forwarding
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.

The agreement with Ambatovy – a joint venture between Sherritt International, Sumitomo Corporation and Korea Resources – was secured and will be managed by the DHL division’s industrial projects team which handles very large break-bulk and complex project logistics.

The agreement encompasses two contracts where DHL will provide onshore and off-shore services.

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, consolidated at key DHL hubs in the USA, Europe and China.

The agreement will enable Ambatovy to benefit from the DHL Material Management System (MMS), an integrated in-house information management system that enables sharing of information and also controls business processes across various organisational borders.

With the MMS, Ambatovy will have real time visibility of its shipments during the move.

Ambatovy supply chain management director Steven Cox says that Ambatovy are delighted to partner with DHL for its freight forwarding needs.

“It is critical that we have direct access to our global suppliers in order to keep the operations up and running. With DHL’s track record in these areas, we are convinced they are the right partner to drive improvements in our supply chain and business,” says Cox.

Ambatovy is a large-tonnage; long-life nickel and cobalt mining enterprise, which at full capacity will produce 60 000 tpa of refined nickel, 5 600 tpa of refined cobalt and 210 000 tpa of ammonium sulphate fertiliser.

“This agreement is especially meaningful as it enables DHL to help Ambatovy manage its supply chain in order to sustain its operations in Madagascar,” says Nikola Hagleitner, DHL Global Forwarding industrial projects division CEO.

DHL’s partnership will enable Ambatovy to tap into its global expertise in project forwarding, and extensive network spanning over 220 countries and territories – enabling them to operate efficiently even in challenging and remote locations.

This will further enable them to operate efficiently even in challenging and remote locations – more importantly to facilitate global trade flows and the development of infrastructure globally.