Dubai Trade launches ZADI to simplify food shipments and security process
Mita Srinivasan
10x Industry

Dubai Trade launches ZADI to simplify food shipments and security process

The platform aims to simplify transactions of over 18,000 food-trading companies by unifying the inspection process of Dubai municipality and Dubai Customs at Jebel Ali Port

Dubai Trade, DP World’s single window platform for cross-border trade, has launched ZADI aimed at facilitating the import and re-export of food shipments throughout Dubai ports. Initiated by the Dubai City Makers of the General Secretariat of the Executive Council of Dubai, with joint input from DP World-UAE Region, Dubai Municipality, Dubai Customs and Dubai Trade; the platform is positioned to help over 18,000 companies in Dubai execute 360,000 transactions annually via its streamlined process.

ZADI adds new capabilities to Dubai Trade portal which gives Dubai a competitive advantage in attracting more business and trade. The platform not only contributes to the sustainability of the strategic food reserve, but also reinforces Dubai’s effective response capacity to meet current and future societal needs.

Mohammed Al Muallem, CEO and Managing Director, DP World, UAE Region, said: “The launch of ZADI by Dubai Trade comes as part of our commitment to fulfilling the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to make the UAE one of the leading countries worldwide in the post-pandemic economic recovery. We can achieve this from lessons learned from the crisis and develop innovative solutions to combat future effects of the pandemic.”

According to Al Muallem’s statement, the core function of the ZADI platform is protecting the food supply chain from monopoly and disruption, as this may lead to spoilage of food crops, which will be difficult to compensate once the farming season is over. The platform will efficiently connect food traders with food sources, enabling them to easily access food supplies. Food traders can also transfer their shipments, choosing from a wide array of DP World’s shipping line partners. ZADI’s integration with Dubai Customs and Dubai Municipality helps to seamlessly facilitate the import and re-export process. This end-to-end integration allows Dubai Trade to offer its online services and logistics capabilities to the world, helping secure vital food supplies, both locally and regionally.”

Through ZADI, traders can access food products either to sell in the local market or for re-export. They can easily request food evaluation form for the first phase instead of accessing several websites. The unified platform enables them to submit their requests for both food or customs inspection. Thus, the process is faster and more efficient. This helps companies reduce their operational costs, increase their profitability and eliminate manual transaction costs.