Established in the early 2000’S, Intagulf is a diplomatic supply company. For over two decades, the company has cemented its reputation as one of the most reliable suppliers of high-quality beverages and spirits across the globe. Intagulf currently has four offices around the world, with its 3000 sqm facility in Jafza as its head office.
In conversation with The Zone, Mark Rogers, Managing Director, Intagulf, speaks at length about the company’s expansion strategies, goals and more.
How did Jafza help in improving your trade and logistics operations?
If you look forward to starting a business in this part of the world, Dubai is really the only city where you would want to be. The Emirate has achieved this recognition by offering one of the best connection links. With airlines such as Emirates and now flydubai flying to various countries across the globe, the city really connects businesses to all parts of the world. Dubai attracts some of the most qualified and skilled professionals worldwide, and has enabled us to have a fantastic workforce that is hard-working, dedicated and absolutely give their all for this business.
The city also offers a tax-free environment, which attracts investment and opportunities for growth. If you are setting up a business in Dubai which involves moving goods from one place to another, Jafza is the only trade zone to be in.
How has the company evolved over the years?
We have been through a lot of changes in the past 20 years of our existence in the F&B industry. Starting from one person working in an office of his own, to having a team of over 70 professionals in our office in Jafza, the journey has been beautiful. Although our global headquarters is in Jafza, we do have a facility in Miami, an office in London, and another branch in Brussels. We believe Jafza has been integral to our success as it gives us the flexibility to be able to do business in an easy and efficient manner.
Jafza’s salient features include its close proximity to the Jebel Ali Port, one of the largest ports between Rotterdam and Singapore. Which is why, Dubai still remains the main hub for us. Our office in the Emirate contributes to over 70 per cent of our business, while the other offices cater to geographical routes that are not covered by Jafza.
Our existence in a free zone such as Jafza has helped us a lot in our business growth. Our goods are excisable, we operate in a duty-free environment, and our products and services do not involve VAT charges. Moreover, our presence in Jafza allows us to export our products to various parts of the world, including East Africa, the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent, and the far East Asia region. We supply our products to a total of 74 countries, out of which, more than 45 are supplied via Dubai.
“Jafza’s salient features include its close proximity to the Jebel Ali Port, one of the largest ports between Rotterdam and Singapore. Which is why, Dubai still remains the main hub for us.”
What kind of products do you produce and supply?
We supply beverages and spirits principally from here, while from London, Brussels, and Miami, we supply food and homeware products. From Jafza, we supply products to east Africa, the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent, and Asia. The reason we have targeted these markets is because of the fact that consumers in these countries would buy our products for several reasons.
If you go somewhere like Singapore, the goods are very expensive, because the tax rate is very high, so pricing is one of the reasons.
Additionally, our products are imported in reefer containers, and stored in an air-conditioned environment, making them far better in terms of quality than the ones that are locally produced.
Therefore, it reaches people in perfect condition, and in duty-free pricing. Our emphasis on quality has thus made our products the most preferred among customers.