Seafood Souq inks Emirates SkyCargo deal to fly fresh fish to the UAE

Seafood Souq, a Dubai-based start-up working on the sourcing of seafood, has teamed up with Emirates SkyCargo to fly in the first shipment of Scottish salmon to the UAE.

A batch of salmon arrived in Dubai in the cargo hold of Emirates flight EK 28 from Glasgow earlier this month, destined for restaurants and consumers in the UAE.

This was the first that was being transported for Seafood Souq by Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates.

Seafood Souq has created an online B2B marketplace application that helps seafood buyers procure products from all over the world. The application also allows for improved quality and traceability of the produce being transported.

It said better information sharing facilitated by the platform means that there are likely to be fewer instances of mis-labelling and expiry of seafood.

Seafood Souq has entered into a partnership with Emirates SkyCargo for transporting their seafood shipments rapidly from source markets to customers.

Although the initial focus is on delivering fresh seafood from markets such as Norway, Cyprus, Chile, US and Scotland to customers in the UAE and the Middle East, the start-up said it has plans to harness the potential of Emirates SkyCargo’s global network to reach a global clientele.

“The core aim of Seafood Souq is to provide access to fresh products in the quickest possible time by connecting customers to suppliers and allowing produce to be dispatched on the day that the order is received. Working with Emirates SkyCargo was the naturally obvious choice for us because of the network and frequency of flights offered by them,” said Sean Dennis, CEO and co-founder of Seafood Souq.

“We are excited to be working with Seafood Souq and to be supporting an innovative Dubai-based start-up having the potential to transform the supply chain for the seafood industry,” added Dennis Lister, Emirates VP cargo commercial development. “Our Emirates Fresh product is designed for the rapid and efficient transport of seafood and other perishables… we are well positioned to support Seafood Souq as they continue to grow.”

Emirates SkyCargo transported over 400,000 tonnes of perishables across the world in 2018 out of which more than 70,000 tonnes was seafood. Some of the major origin markets for seafood on Emirates SkyCargo in 2018 included Norway, India, Sri Lanka, Uganda and the UK.

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