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The Perishable Goods Terminal is a necessary resource for developing a highly profitable export industry. It provides an essential requisite to the development and promotion of the Egyptian horticultural export industry. In support of the Egyptian horticultural industry (exporters, growers, and processors) to increase exports of fresh produce, HEIA has been mandated with the role of managing Egypt’s only Perishable Goods Terminal at Cairo International Airport. For the first time, Cairo International Airport has a terminal for fruits and vegetables awaiting export by air.

In support of the Egyptian horticultural industry (exporters, growers, and processors) to increase exports of fresh produce, HEIA has been mandated with the role of managing Egypt’s only Perishable Goods Terminal at Cairo International Airport. For the first time, Cairo International Airport has a terminal for fruits and vegetables awaiting export by air.

Egyptian Prime Minister laid the foundation of HEIA first perishable terminal at Cairo International Airport on October 23rd, 2000 to be established and funded by the Association over an area of 24,000 square meters. The project is of great importance in stimulating foreign investments in Egypt, promoting Egypt's infrastructure and increasing employment.

July 13, 2003 witnessed the completion of the first high standard Perishable Terminal in Egypt, designed by Parsons Consultations Bureau, USA, to serve as a future model for perishable projects providing logistically unique solutions, and presenting exceptional services for perishable export goods.

The PT covers a total area of 24,000 m2 including ground-plan cooled area of 4000 m2 with storage capacity of up to 500 tons.


The critical role of the perishable goods terminal is to store perishable products that will be exported by major Egyptian exporters in a temperature and humidity controlled facility. This is crucial to protect perishable products from reaching high temperature and humidity levels during their transit phase at Cairo Airport until their loading on Cargo Aircraft. Cold storage not only protects the quality of perishable goods, but it moreover extends the life of the products, reducing spoilage that currently robs the horticultural sector of more than a third of its product each year.

An additional value of the perishable goods terminal is that cold storage also allows for increased bulk shipping at significantly lower costs. Such efficiencies result in raised incomes for small and medium-sized Egyptian farmers, exporters, and related businesses.


The HEIA Perishable Terminal can hold up to 500 tons of goods for export or transit.


The warehouse is 4,000 square meters. The land is 20,000 square meters – enough room to build one more warehouse in the future when demand has grown.


The terminal is located at Cairo Airport’s Cargo Village, just 500 meters from the tarmac. Egypt is indeed blessed with all the resources and conditions requisite for developing a highly profitable export industry. We have abundant land and water resources. Our young and rapidly growing population provides abundant supplies of skilled labor. Egypt’s location on both the Mediterranean and Red Sea provides low cost access to European countries, the world’s largest market for horticultural products, as well as Gulf States and rapidly growing Asian markets.


The HEIA Perishable Terminal is operated by Egypt Air Cargo Co. and powered by HEIA Quality Control Team. HEIA Quality Control set up the PT operational manual and its quality management system according to specification of ISO 9000 and Environment standards 14000. Quality Control experts are also responsible for PT staff training.


The following services are provided to perishable terminal customers:

  • The perishable terminal guarantees a safe handling of the ULDs belonging to all airline companies dealing with the terminal.

  • All internal transactions are computerized to ensure the provision of accurate and prompt services.

  • One stop service to all terminal customers including customs, import / export inspection, agriculture quarantine, and cashier.

  • Minimal handling.

  • Calibrated scales


Other services include:

  • Acceptance of the shipment when it arrives to the perishable terminal after the latest acceptance time (6 hours before take off).

  • Scanning the shipment with X-rays.

  • Preparation of a monthly report analyzing the perishable terminal customer’s activities.

  • The request of special shipping requirements that are provided through specialized individual cold rooms for each specific shipment.

  • Thermal blankets.

  • Increase in vegetable and fruit exports by 40%. This is the average percentage of the perishable good lost when left in the open air before loading them onto the aircraft.

  • Provision of an uninterrupted cold chain starting from the growers' packing houses continuing through the time that the product is loaded onto the aircraft, and until delivery to the final clients (importers).

  • Increases in the prices of Egyptian exported goods in the international marketplace, therefore; increase profitability for Egyptian growers, and increase foreign earnings for Egypt.

  • Enhanced Egyptian market share and improvement in the global competitiveness and credibility of Egyptian horticultural exporters on the international marketing agenda.

  • Expansion of one of Egypt's largest exporting sectors, horticultural products, and the opportunity to increase exports by adding fresh cut flowers to perishable goods terminal.

  • Stimulate foreign investment in Egypt in the field of horticultural exports.

  • Upgrading Egypt's exporting infrastructure.

  • All Egyptian perishable goods exporters

  • The horticultural exports improvement association (HEIA)

  • All importers of Egyptian perishable goods

  • Government entities and donors working in the agribusiness industry.



For Shippers

  • One-Stop-Shopping Service to all Airlines through:

  • Harmonized processing system

  • Synchronized Customs and Phytosanitary clearance procedures

  •  Increasing Export opportunities

  •  Reducing Costs through

  • Truck costs Decrease Loss of damaged goods

  • Time saving

For Agents

  • One-Stop-Shopping

  •  New market opportunities

  • High quality products

  • 24 hour service

For Airlines

  • Cost reduction: Less manpower and equipment usage

  • Punctual and reliable services through integrated processes

  • High-tech communication system for prompt feedback reporting

  • Partial- and full X-ray services

For Consignees

  • On-time Delivery

  • Satisfied customers

  • Offer high quality products

  • Reduce damaged goods

Quality Assurance
  • Total Quality Management (TQM)

  • Key performance Indicator (KPI)

  • Process Controlling Tool (PCT)

  • Performance Monitoring and Surveillance

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