Launched in 2017, Trukkin, a techno-logistics firm based in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates has raised over $3.5m in funding to bolster its long-haul trucking business in the MENA and GCC region and beyond.
The round was from the AL-Namlah Family Group, the Al-Madi Family Group, and the Abanumay Family Group. Batic Investments and Logistics, a publicly listed company on Tadawul, remains as one of the key investors in the start-up.
“Trukkin’s vision, operational efficiency, capital utilization, and sound business model drove us to partner with them in the region over other competitors. Trukkin knows the pulse on the ground.” said Mohamed Al-Namlah, Managing Director of Amnest Group.
By adding the new capital to the company, Trukkin will be able to significantly scale their services across the GCC region. There are no immediate plans for an African expansion but firms such as Kobo360, Lori Systems, Sendy, Bwala Africa will have a new bulldozer to deal with.
The company has shipped to over 200 locations in the Middle East. In Saudi Arabia alone, Trukkin has completed over 10,000 long-haul, business-to-business truck movements. That is a significant accomplishment given that the country represents nearly 50% of the overall GCC market opportunity.
Investor Al-Madi explained that they had been following the sector for months and were impressed with what Trukkin has been able to achieve. “Their team is very focused on the ground and has shown their operational prowess. We believe we can further add significant capabilities to Trukkin with our investment,” Al-Madi said.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer Janardan Dalmia said, “Trukkin operates on an ‘asset-light’ model, meaning it doesn’t own the trucks. Our focus on overall service lets us improve both the customer and transporter experience and also increase asset utilization and reduce inefficiencies.”
Trukkin serves a wide range of customers. Through its app and online marketplace, the company brings together shippers who need more transparency and easier access to trucks with truckers who need better access to demand and higher fleet utilization. Their client base ranges from businesses who order close to 100 trucks a day to ones with smaller needs who order as few as three trucks a month.
“Trukkin is building up its marketplace to connect thousands of mostly independent truckers. The long-haul land transport market is highly fragmented and disorganized, and our aim is to institutionalize and professionalize this business,” Dalmia explained.
Trukkin is one of several startups gaining global recognition in the new industry. In 2018, a Wall Street Journal headline noted that China’s Truck Alliance, a truck hailing company, was on course for a $10 billion valuation. Blackbuck, India’s largest trucking platform, was named CNBC’s 2018 Startup of the Year reaching unicorn status in 2019.