Logistics Infrastructure

We offer a full range of services to reflect the scope of logistics and industrial real estate projects. These projects span from "simple logistics/ distribution centers" such as warehousing, logistics platforms, and distribution centers up to "major infrastructures" such as logistics parks, special economic zones (SEZ), dry ports, logistics hubs, seaports, and airports. We also specialize in helping countries become regional logistics hubs. Logistics infrastructures offered:

  •     Airports
  •     Dry ports
  •     Warehouses
  •     Logistics hubs
  •     Logistics parks
  •     Ports & terminals
  •     Logistics platforms
  •     Distribution centers
  •     Special economic zones (SEZ)

We generally create both a JV company and a team dedicated for each project. Team members are wisely selected as we know and have worked with them in varying capacities on past projects. Depending on the project dimension, we sometimes build consortia around the scope of work required.

Our core team of in-depth subject matter experts specializes in logistics & industrial infrastructure. They are all registered "Short Term Consultants" with The World Bank, and they bring all-together over 50 years of international logistics & industrial infrastructure and real estate development experience. We generally manage multiple projects simultaneously.

Our broad scope of work covers everything from planning, design, development, implementation/ commissioning, operational management, marketing, regulatory & operational frameworks, monitoring & evaluation based on both short & long term consultancies. We also have an alliance partner for the development of ports & terminals, and another alliance partner for the development of airports.


Industries concerned

Dry ports
Real estate
Port owners
City planners
Shipping lines
Airport owners
Logistics parks
Master planners
Corporate finance
Property developers
Public administration
Special economic zones

Institutions concerned

Silk Road Fund
The World Bank
Public administrations
Export credit agencies
Banks of reconstruction & development

We offer all or part of the following development stages:

  1. Planning
  2. Design
  3. Development
  4. Implementation/ commissioning
  5. Operational management
  6. Marketing
  7. Regulatory & operational frameworks
  8. Monitoring & evaluation

Past projects include Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority (JAFZA) in Dubai/ United Arab Emirates, Port Kelang Free Zone (PKFZ) in Malaysia, Djibouti Free Zone in Djibouti, Dakar Free Zone in Senegal, Subic Bay Freeport Zone in The Philippines, and Thuan Export Processing Zone in Vietnam. In China we developed past projects with Tianjin Port Free Zone, Shanghai, Ningbo-Zhou Shan, and Zhanjiang. We have been involved as well in many other locations in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, USA, and Europe.

The following case studies demonstrate how SCMO approach has been successfully applied to client issues.

A SCMO core team member was one of the original employees, who set up the Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA) in 1983. He held a senior management position until his retirement 3 years ago. The zone has grown to 6,500 investors over 48 sq kms in Jebel Ali with integration to the Jebel Ali sea port and recently opened new airport. Jebel Ali Free Zone is the world's global benchmark in economic zones. Jafza has become the trading & logistic hub of the Middle East and North Africa. It accounts for 20% of the yearly United Arab Emirates' FDI (Foreign Direct Investment); that is around US$ 2 billion investment in 2012. He was involved in all areas of the business such as planning, development, commercialization, operations & consultancy. Both other SCMO core team members were also employed at Jafza.

SCMO Practice Leader has worked with the national government sponsored "Special Economic Zones Authority" of Rwanda. He drafted the regulatory and operational frameworks (including fiscal policy) to support a national investment program. That program shall include a new airport, a dry port, and cross border facilities and operations. The aim is to establish Rwanda as the trading & logistics hub of central Africa.

SCMO core team members were involved in the feasibility study and design planning of Port Kelang Free Zone (PKFZ). They then managed & promoted the 1,000 acre site which was a + US$ 2 billion investment. Work included the acceptance process of the site from the contractor to the owner (Malaysian government). It also included the implementation of the regulatory & operational frameworks and its on-going management & marketing. Two of SCMO core team members were involved in this project.

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