Three groups have submitted bids for the contract to manage general cargo handling services at Baghdad International Airport. The bidders are: the Ministry of Transport; US logistics firm DHL; and an unidentified local company.

The contract is estimated to be worth about $50 million in the first two years, rising to about $100 million after five years. The client is Baghdad International Airport.

In May 2003, DHL became the first foreign logistics company to enter Iraq following the lifting of sanctions. The firm, which has about 100 staff in Iraq, has focused its operations on transporting humanitarian aid and reconstruction materials, carrying around 100 tonnes a day into the country (MEED 25:11:03).