Shipping, Aviation and Logistics

Al Tamimi & Company’s shipping, aviation and logistics sector team is the largest specialist team of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa. The depth of the team’s expertise and the fact that we have rights of audience before the courts across the MENA region means we are called on to advise on the most complex, multi-jurisdictional transactions and disputes. 

We offer a full range of legal services to the aviation and shipping industry including: ports, airlines, owners, charterers, ship yards, agents, maintenance organisations, insurers and banks. We also work with governments in the MENA region, advising on laws and regulations concerning shipping, aviation and logistics. 

Commercial, pragmatic solutions to deliver success for clients

Our clients choose us because we can provide everything they need. From claims and defences to commercial transactions, we deliver solid commercial advice to our shipping, aviation and logistics clients.

Our specialist shipping and aviation lawyers understand the sector and work on the ground in ten jurisdictions across the MENA region. Our knowledge of international and local laws is second to none and our deep understanding of the sector means that our advice is commercial, pragmatic and efficient.

 If disputes occur we provide commercial, tailored advice that aims to resolve disputes efficiently and avoid future conflicts. We can offer clients alternative dispute resolution solutions, or robust litigation tactics as necessary. Unlike many other law firms, we have rights of audience before the courts across the region.

Specialist advice from industry experts

Al Tamimi & Company is a registered professional user entity with the International Registry of Mobile Assets and is able to lodge registrations in compliance with the Cape Town Convention on behalf of clients, regarding their interests over aircraft, engines and related assets.

Our diverse, multi-lingual team works in both English and Arabic, and other languages as required.

Our growing team of over 30 lawyers, includes partners ranked as leaders in their field by independent legal guides Chambers & Partners and Legal 500.

Our specialist shipping, aviation and logistics services

Our services cover the full range of legal issues clients in this sector may encounter, and include:

  • Chartering
  • Dispute resolution
  • General corporate advice and drafting
  • Shipping logistics
  • Vessel construction
  • Vessel/asset financing and mortgage
  • Customs and logistics
  • International trade
  • Pollution, collisions and salvage
  • Aircraft/asset financing 
  • Aircraft acquisition/leasing 

 Our International Trade & Customs expertise

The international trade and customs practice is thriving across the Middle East and North Africa. The depth of the team’s expertise and deep knowledge in the practice helps our clients navigate through key areas of trade and customs laws across the MENA region. We regularly support clients on the most complex, cross-border transactions and disputes.

 Our specialist international trade & customs services

Our services cover the full range of legal issues clients in this practice may encounter, and include: 

  •   Advising on customs various matters:  registrations, declarations, valuations.
  •   Consultation on import and export trade.
  •   Consultation on prior disclosures to the authorities.
  •   Consultation on goods classifications and country of origin.
  •   Consultation on free zone warehouses issues (establishing warehouses, storage of  goods)  
  •   Advising on customs audit and inspections
  •   Advising on customs compliance
  •   Advising on customs compliance violations
  •   Advising on anti-dumping matters, representing clients before the relevant authorities in any negotiations, proceeding related to anti-dumping.
  •   Representation in administrative proceedings and reconsideration of fines.
  •   Representing clients before the authorities in offences related to customs audit and smuggling.
  •   Negotiation, preparation, standardization, reviewing and amending of international trade contracts, logistics services agreements, freight forwarding contracts.

Read our Shipping Report here:

Click to read Middle East Shipping & Logistics Report: Edition 1 2023

Key Contacts

Omar N. Omar

Partner, Head of Transport & Insurance
Meet the team

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