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DUBAI-BASED airline Emirates, which will commence services between Perth and Dubai in August, has appointed the Perth Cargo Centre as its cargo-handling centre in WA.

The Perth Cargo Centre specialises in the handling of perishable items. About 85 per cent of air exports from WA are perishable, and this is likely to be the case with the Dubai connection.

The WA Government has estimated that the Emirates service has the potential to generate $28 million a year in direct exports of perishables from WA to Dubai.

Emirates has reached 70 per cent of its cargo capacity in pre-bookings for the inaugural flight on August 2.

Emirates’ cargo manager Australia and New Zealand, Glenn Baxter, said the service would create a new market for local produce not traditionally exported from Perth and would open up the large WA agricultural, mining and gas sectors to customers in the Arabian Gulf.

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