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Afghanistan Today and Beyond

Move One is set to help troops exit Afghanistan, but plans to keep up its work in the country even after the military is gone

By Marko Lukic
March 12, 2012
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The future may be unclear but one thing is for certain; allied forces and Move One are both preparing for the lead up to 2014. The International Security and Assistance Force (NATO – ISAF), as well as Operation Enduring Freedom (US – OEF), are developing complex schedules to remove their fighting forces from Afghanistan by 2014. This was signaled by a recent agreement between the United States and five countries to expand the Northern Distribution Network (NDN) for supplies to not only enter, but to exit the war-torn country.

According to Air Force General William Fraser III, Head of the US Transport Command, in an interview with the Washington Post, the agreement will permit the transit of non-lethal supplies, military equipment and wheeled armored vehicles to exit the country. “We now have a two-way approval to move equipment back out of Afghanistan,” stated the General to the Senate Armed Services Committee this week. Over the next two years Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Russia will expand the NDN and assist with the removal of military material as well as motorized equipment, all part of the “pull out.” Frasier adds, “We’re tasked this year to bring another 23,000 troops out by the first of October.”

Move One’s Global Logistics Business Development Manager Karl Trottier stated recently, “Move One provides its customers with the option to use the NDN as an alternative to Pakistan. Central Asia transport allows for safe and virtually uninterrupted import and export.” Although troops will be leaving, Move One plans to maintain a long-term presence. “With 12 offices in the country, we will continue to provide a variety of services for our valued customers long after the troops have left,” says Trottier. “Our hope is that peace and stability will bring prosperity to the Afghan people and Move One will be able to assist with its household goods movement and relocation services. However, right now the focus is on the present.”

The NDN is a series of logistics routes throughout Central Asia and the Middle East. Logistical throughput along the network supports not only military forces, but is also the motivator of sustained economic activity across Afghanistan and Central Asia, as well as long-term commercial relationships with Europe. The logistics supply through the ‘transit states’ is pivotal to the West’s political goals in the region. Move One Logistics has an intimate understanding of each transit state, as well as the theater as a whole, operating a number of offices along the network.

These offices, strategically located at key way-points throughout Central Asia and Afghanistan, offer a range of project freight services, including oil and gas related cargo transportation, local and national armed escort, and domestic fixed and rotary wing charters, as well as HAZMAT handling and delivery. In addition, Move One Logistics specializes in Tax Exemption Protocol Processes and is one of the most accomplished customs clearance brokers operating along the NDN.

For further information about Move One’s logistics services in Central Asia, please contact Gregory Forgrave at gregory.forgrave@moveoneinc.com.

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