Dubai, United Arab Emirates,

DP World to facilitate trade finance in boost to small and medium sized enterprises

Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World
Access to trade finance is critical to the survival and growth of exporters, importers and logistics companies which are the drivers of the global economy
Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World
  • Licence granted to DP World Financial Services Limited (DPWFS) to operate from Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC)

  • DPWFS will provide access to DP World’s CARGOES Finance platform for financial institutions and companies seeking trade finance

  • Latest step in DP World’s trade enabler strategy

DP World Financial Services Limited, DP World company is to begin facilitating access to trade finance for smaller companies as part of DP world’s strategy to become a global trade enabler. DP World Financial Services Limited has been granted a licence from the Dubai Financial Services Authority to operate as an authorised firm in Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). The newly licenced firm will connect companies needing trade finance solutions with financial institutions on its DP World’s CARGOES Finance platform*.

Small and medium-sized enterprises make up the bulk of economies around the world, including in Dubai. But they struggle to obtain the capital they need because there is limited data available on their trading history. In addition, manual, paper-based processes used to move goods around the world mean there is limited visibility on where goods are in transit making it difficult for financial institutions to finance shipments.

DP World’s CARGOES Finance Platform intends to bring real-time data on trade passing through its digitalised global ports and logistics network to give financial institutions the information they need to accurately assess credit and compliance risks.

Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, CEO and Chairman of DP World, said: “DP World’s objective is to enable global trade, including through digital innovation. Access to trade finance is critical to the survival and growth of exporters, importers and logistics companies which are the drivers of the global economy. CARGOES Finance platform provides financial institutions the opportunity to lend with confidence and helps smaller companies to access the capital they need. It will be a lead generator and source of new business for financial institutions, and a window of financing opportunities for traders”.

Mike Bhaskaran, Chief Operating Officer, DP World, said: “We are excited to work with DIFC to help enterprises get improved access to trade finance. This project is an important part of DP World’s strategy to be a global trade enabler, creating opportunity and prosperity. Together with DIFC we aim to make Dubai an ever more significant hub for the world’s trade.”

Arif Amiri, Chief Executive Officer of DIFC Authority, said: “DIFC is home to over 3,200 firms and we are delighted that DP World is joining them, recognising the opportunities available in the Centre to help diversify their business. DIFC and DP World are helping reaffirm Dubai’s reputation for being the region’s most business-friendly destination, shaping the future of finance and as a global hub for trade. Operating from DIFC will give DP World access to the many financial services companies in our ecosystem who provide solutions that facilitate global trade through Dubai. Those firms will be able to integrate with the CARGOES platform which provides an innovative approach focused on giving support to small and medium businesses who play an important role in our economy”.

CARGOES Finance is being launched first in Dubai and can be accessed via the CARGOES platform at 

(*) Financial services on the CARGOES Finance platform are provided by DP world Financial services Limited. CARGOES by DP World, provides a suite of enterprise services and products for the world of logistics and trade. DP World Financial Services Limited is a company registered in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and Regulated by Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA).


About DP World

We are the leading provider of worldwide smart end-to-end supply chain logistics, enabling the flow of trade across the globe. Our comprehensive range of products and services covers every link of the integrated supply chain – from maritime and inland terminals to marine services and industrial parks as well as technology-driven customer solutions.  

We deliver these services through an interconnected global network of 181 business units in 64 countries across six continents, with a significant presence both in high-growth and mature markets. Wherever we operate, we integrate sustainability and responsible corporate citizenship into our activities, striving for a positive contribution to the economies and communities where we live and work.  

Our dedicated, diverse and professional team of more than 56,000 employees from 140 nationalities are committed to delivering unrivalled value to our customers and partners. We do this by focusing on mutually beneficial relationships – with governments, shippers, traders, and other stakeholders along the global supply chain – relationships built on a foundation of mutual trust and enduring partnership.  

We think ahead, anticipate change and deploy industry-leading technology to broaden our vision of more efficient, transparent and resilient world trade. We achieve this by leveraging disruptive innovation to create the smartest and most effective logistics solutions, while ensuring a positive and sustainable impact on economies, societies and our planet.