Locally based Airside Logistics has been acting as an agency for EMO Trans since mid-year, streamlining import/export processes for clients in the North West.
EMO Trans chief executive officer Ian Ahern said the agency gave Mount Isa the customs clearance services that would be expected in a capital city.
“There is a significant number of players up there that have a requirement for international logistics services and product that comes from overseas,” Mr Ahern said.
“What we’re off ering to them is the ability to cut down the turnaround times and have access to services that you would normally expect at larger airports and ports.”
The number of companies requiring such services in Mount Isa was a big factor in drawing EMO Trans to the area, he said.
But Mr Ahern also cited the fact Mount Isa was a ‘go-ahead’ city.
“It’s a progressive town and that makes it the ideal partner for us,” he said.
EMO Trans was also banking on growth when it came to town and the recent approval for Jemena to build the $800 million North East Gas Interconnector pipeline between Tennant Creek= and Mount Isa is helping to fulfil that expectation.
Mr Ahern said Mount Isa was the company’s first inland base throughout Australia and its only regional Queensland base apart from Cairns.
The company was the major sponsor for this year’s Northern Outback Business Awards and Mr Ahern said he intended to maintain a high level of community involvement.
“I don’t expect something for nothing. When we go to an area we go there to be part of that area. We’ve always been that sort `of business,” he said.