4 July 2013

Somalia: Iranian Companies Are Targeting UN Cargo Shipments to Somalia

Somalia has become the target of Iranian own logistics companies to make quick money by Establishing small logistics company in the neighboring countries, these companies are often given UN and EU cargo shipments because they are claiming to be Somalia logistics expert.

All these companies are under the control of SIMATECH SHIPPING LLC which has been mentioned into our last article.

Another regional player in the East African Market is SIMA MARINE AFRICA which is not hiding their ownership and their association with SIMATECH SHIPPING LLC, According to their website (www.simamarineafrica.com/about.aspx), they are Confirming that they have been handling cargo shipments for UNHRC and DANISH REFUGEE COUNCIL to Somalia.

DRC is a Danish Government Agency which has been working in the region for poverty reduction and women's issue. Most of these consignments are not advertised in a public tender because Samitech and its subsidiaries are often connected to a low level managers whom are not aware the background of these Iranian companies.

These companies are often targeting conflict zones and they are in apart of Iranian network groups

which is controlled by Bandar Abas based Iranian businessmen, Their main shipping line is PERMA LINE SHIPPING which is the main partner for Simatech around the world.

Perma Line also uses SIMA MARINE AFRICA as their shipping agency in East and Central Africa. Simatech recently created additional three different offices in East Africa:

Sima Marine Africa (Kenya) Ltd, managed by Mr.Noaman Akramwho is Pakistani origin.

They mainly focus shifting and transshipping large consignments from Iranian government to a different destination in East and Central Africa. The sea cargos are often transshipped as relief food items to its final destination.

2. Sima Marine Africa (Tanzania), managed by Mr. Mohamed Bishrunis Arab Origin, He manages all cargo shipments from Iran to DRC, Zambia, Uganda, S. Sudan.

3. Sima Marine Africa (Somalia). This is the newly created office which is managed by Mr. Salim Omar Zuberi based in Mogadishu and Mombasa, He is most trust man from Iran because he Controls a substantial cash which is not subject to any government control, He is the manager for Mogadishu port activities which has been cash cow for Simatech for the last six month.

They are working in conjunction with Liberty Shipping Ltd which has been formed recently to Promote Mogadishu Container Terminal For the purpose of obtaining UN, EU cargo shipments from Mombasa to Somalia. To cover themselves they are using European manager call Mr. Frank and former Somali Fishery Minster & Deputy Prime Minster of Somalia's Transitional Government (Dr. Ibbi). Mr. Ibbi is the Chairman of both Simatech Somalia and Liberty Shipping.

Recently, they have been holding meetings with many shipping lines, UN agencies to market their incoming services from Mombasa to Mogadishu.

These companies are using very sophisticated networks to obtain the UN contracts. They often hire Small Dows from Dubai to load their consignments from Mombasa to Somalia.

These Dows are often Involved Charcoal shipments from Kismayu to Middle East even thought charcoal export from Somalia is under UN sanction. The danger lies that these companies are connected to Iranian Revolutionary Guard and they are controlling lots of unaccounted cash. It is very risk to allow these companies to operate in Somalia which has no proper banking system, It is good formula to avoid US and EU sanctions.

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