ZIM launches historic Israel-UAE service

ZIM launches service between UAE and Israel

Israel-based container shipping line ZIM Integrated Shipping Services has unveiled a service between to the Port of Jebel Ali for the first time following historic trade and peace deals between Israel and the UAE.

In a statement, the carrier said that Jebel Ali will be added to two existing services, the AIM India-East Med Express and ZIM India Service, which stop at the Port of Haifa in Israel.

Rani Ben Yehuda, ZIM Executive Vice-President Cross Suez and Atlantic BU, said: “We are pleased to offer our customers direct service to and from the UAE, and look forward to future growth in this trade, as well as further increase in the scope of our service portfolio.”

In October the MSC Paris has made history by becoming the first containership to travel between the UAE and Israel after it entered the Port of Haifa.

In September 2020, DP World signed several memorandums of understanding (MoU) with DoverTower, a company owned by Shlomi Fogel, the co-owner of Israel Shipyards and Port of Eilat.

The agreements were signed as part of the trade aspect of the new relationship and designed to increase peace, dialogue and stability and promote sustainable development.

Additionally, DP World and Dubai Customs announced they will and launch a tender bid for the privatisation of the Port of Haifa.

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