Seafood Souq, the new online marketplace based in Dubai, has partnered with Emirates SkyCargo to ensure efficient delivery of its products from around the world.
The start-up plans to be a one-stop-shop for all seafood needs in the region, and the partnership with Emirates SkyCargo aims to “transform the supply chain for the seafood industry”, according to Emirates VP cargo commercial development Dennis Lister.
A consignment of Scottish salmon destined for the UAE from Glasgow on September 6 was the first delivery carried out by Emirates SkyCargo for Seafood Souq, but the partnership will initially focus on delivery fresh seafood from abroad range of markets including Norway, Cyprus, Chile, and the USA into the Middle East.
“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. “Not only does Emirates SkyCargo have a good frequency of flights into all the key global origin and destination markets for seafood but they also have the cool chain infrastructure and capabilities that allows seafood to retain its freshness during the journey,” he added.
Seafood Souq aims to improve transparency, traceability, and choice in the marketplace, and remove the large amounts of product waste, false produce, and high mark-ups which currently mar the industry.
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.