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Flowers signify beauty and emotions, and they are also big business. Transporting fresh flowers and perishables from the farms to the end consumers can be a daunting process especially when the journey is across continents.
Dubai, located at a strategic point between the East and the West, has created a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to flowers: the Dubai Flower Centre (DFC). It is an integrated zone created to handle the import and export of flowers and perishables by offering modern and efficient logistic and commercial solutions which help reduce transit time and implement the highest standards of quality.
DFC’s proximity to the airport ensures quick access to cargo. Using innovative cool chain management, it manages to keep the shipment secure even on a hot runway/tarmac. It has temperature-controlled zones that provide optimal storage solutions. There are fumigation and quarantine services available as well.
Measuring 34,000 square meters, DFC’s cold storage facility is fully bonded. All outgoing shipment is security scanned using advanced security systems. DFC has three divisions, with each division having a capacity to handle 150,000 tons of flowers and perishables annually.
It is also a fully functional free trade zone housing tenants offering an array of products and varieties of cut flowers, plants, foliage, fruits and vegetables from across the world.
With Dubai’s strategic location, DFC is expected to serve billions of customers from the international market.
Like all other free trade zones, it offers businesses a plethora of advantages such as 100% ownership (without a local partner), 100% repatriation of capital and profits, and exemptions from corporate tax, personal income tax and import/export duties.
• Dubai Flower Centre is a facility dedicated to transit of flowers
• It offers traders state-of-the-art logistics and storage solutions
• It is a free zone offering tenants the usual free zone advantages
Source: Dipshikha Mitra, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer