DMCC and China to open new trade corridor for coffee anchored in Dubai
DMCC, the free zone for trade and enterprise in Dubai, confirmed that the development of its new 7,500-square metre DMCC Coffee Centre, close to Jebel Ali Port harbour, is underway marked by a ground-breaking ceremony attended by China’s Mega Capital Halal (MCH) and Yunnan State Farms Group.
The DMCC Coffee Centre, a temperature-controlled facility, will offer world-class infrastructure and services for storage, processing, warehousing and delivery of coffee to precise specifications. The Centre is projected to handle up to 20,000 tonnes of green coffee bean annually, with an estimated trade value of up to $100 million annually.
“There are few things more satisfactory than when a partnership of this scale with MCH and Yunnan State Farms Group comes to fruition, especially when it benefits our trading community here in Dubai as well as connecting right into China’s ambitious trade programme and corridor, Belt and Road. The ground-breaking of the DMCC Coffee Centre also marks an important milestone for DMCC and Dubai, as once ready in 2018, we will be the first in the UAE with the capacity to handle up to 20,000 tonnes of green coffee bean at a value of up to $100 million annually,” said Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman, DMCC.
A report recently released by the International Coffee organisation confirmed that global exports in coffee year 2016/17 increased by 4.8 per cent to 122.45 million bags compared to 116.89 million bags in the previous year. The UAE sits at the centre of a region which now accounts for eight per cent or the trade, or $6.5 billion of the $85 billion global consumer spend on coffee. According to Euromonitor International, this could increase by up to a third by 2030.
“Dubai is a key international gateway for trade as it connects the producing countries with the consumer as seamless as possible. DMCC comes with a strong track-record in enabling this process from infrastructure-build through to trade facilitation, and our partnership will no doubt bring a much consumed commodity to Dubai and beyond,” said Matthew Pang, Director, Mega Capital Halal (MCH).
The DMCC Coffee Centre ground-breaking ceremony was attended by Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman, DMCC; Gautam Sashittal, Chief Executive Officer, DMCC; Sanjeev Dutta, Executive Director, Commodities, DMCC; Matthew Pang, Director, MCH; Tim Chong, Director Business Development, MCH Commodity Trading DMCC; Irene Zhu, Business Development, MCH Commodity Trading DMCC; Mr. Wu Zhonghong, Deputy General Manager, Yunnan State Farms Group Co.Ltd; and Mr. Zhang Jiwei, Deputy Director, Yunnan Coffee Factory.
The DMCC Coffee Centre is due to open in 2018.