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Milaha Launches Direct Container Service between Qatar and Kuwait to beat the Saudi sanctions

Milaha, a Qatar-based maritime and logistics conglomerate, has launched the first ever direct feeder service between Qatar and Kuwait, the two Gulf countries which have diplomatic relations notwithstanding the sanctions imposed by Saudi Arabia led coalition against Qatar. The shipping firm operates services to three ports in the West coast of India.

The new service, named KQX (Kuwait Qatar Express Service), will operate between Hamad Port in Qatar and Shuwaikh Port in Kuwait once a week initially, using a 515 TEU vessel. 

With 50 reefer plugs available on the vessel and a highly competitive transit time of 1 day, the new service was started on August 16

Perishable products and food stuff are among other cargoes, coming into and out of Qatar, as well as for connecting Kuwait to Milaha’s broader feeder network in the Arabian Gulf and beyond. The service helps products meant for Qatar are routed through Kuwait, the Gulf country not affected by Saudi sanctions  

Commenting on the new service, Milaha’s President and CEO Mr. Abdulrahman Essa Al-Mannai said: “Qatar and Kuwait have long enjoyed strong economic ties, and today, we are building further on these ties with the launch of the Kuwait Qatar Express Service. The service represents a fast and cost-efficient solution, particularly for local and regional exporters aiming to enter the Qatari market.

Going forward, our track record in delivering reliable and innovative supply chain solutions allows us to continue responding flexibly to our clients’ specific requirements with solid value propositions.”

Milaha, continues to enhance its international reach and diverse portfolio of marine and logistics services. The company has recently expanded into several new shipping routes and accelerated deployment of new supply chain solutions across a number of countries.

Milaha currently calls at two ports in Oman (Sohar and Salalah) and three ports in India (Nhava Sheva, Mundra, and Kandla), offering enhanced connectivity and transit times to Qatar and the region. The shipping line is actively evaluating further expansion of services.

The company was established in July 1957 as the first public shareholding company registered in Qatar and holds commercial registration. 

Milaha’s current activities include marine transportation in gas, petroleum products, containers and bulk; offshore support services; port management and operations; logistics services; ship yard; trading agencies; real estate investments; and asset management.


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