Real Estate & Logistics Infrastructure

Property developers buy land, finance real estate deals, build or have builders build projects, create, imagine, control and orchestrate the process of development from the beginning to end. Developers work with many different counterparts along each step of this process, including financeers, public licensors, architects, city planners, engineers, surveyors, inspectors, contractors, leasing agents, and more.

Private property developers follow a logic of profitability, as it is also their financeers' logic. Public administration regularly plays the role of a public property developer, in its management of public programs decided by a country's government. Its logic is primarily to implement government policies and projects within a budget, while managing a large number of stakeholders as well as national and international impacts, and project's profitability is secondary.

Both public and private property developers get involved in logistics and industrial development, such as ports, airports, logistics parks, and special economic zones (SEZ). Sometimes both partner in the same project, as in the case of public-private partnerships (PPP). In either case, this is where SCMO helps both private property development industry, public administrations, and institutions such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) or The World Bank.

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 logistics 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.

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, Yangshan, Ningbo-Zhou Shan, and Zhanjiang. We have been involved as well in many other locations in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, USA, and Europe.


Infrastructure offered

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

Development stages

Implementation/ commissioning
Operational management
Regulatory & operational frameworks
Monitoring & evaluation

Other services offered

Due diligence
Logistics security
Tender management
Best standard practice
Mergers & acquisitions
Information technology
Subcontractor selection
Supply chain restructuring
Supply chain creative solutions
Supply chain challenges solving
Continuous operational audit training


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

We have worked in China with a number of mainly seaport related projects in Tianjin, Yangshan (Shanghai), Ningbo, Zhoushan, and Zhanjiang in providing advice on the establishment & operation of their economic zones. All three SCMO core team members were involved in these projects.

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.

We have worked in Vietnam with a number of mainly seaport related projects around Ho Chi Minh City and Haiphong in providing advice for the planning of their economic zones. All three SCMO core team members were involved in these projects.

Djibouti Free Zone (DFZ) was established about 10 years ago with a US$ 20 million investment. It has been driven by the involvement of Jafza and their sister companies, Dubai Port World and Dubai Customs. It now sees the companies operating the free zone as well as the sea & airport and customs. Djibouti is the gateway to landlocked Ethiopia and offering pre-built warehouses for rent. Two of SCMO core team members were involved in this project.

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