Maersk marked its expansion into air freight services by moving cargoes for a tire maker on board 11 chartered airplanes from Thailand to Japan
The expansion comes after Maersk combined its former freight forwarding subsidiary Damco’s air services with its logistics and services products
Container shipping giant Maersk has begun offering tailored air freight forwarding services as it continues to further integrate its end-to-end logistics services.
The company started its expansion into air freight with multiple chartered airplanes moving cargoes for a leading tire manufacturer from Thailand to Japan on October 11, Maersk said in a recent release.
This comes after it combined its former freight forwarding subsidiary Damco’s air services with Maersk’s logistics and services products in early October.
In September this year, Maersk announced strategic changes to its organization including the integration of the Safmarine and Damco brands into Maersk.
Safmarine is an international shipping business offering container and break-bulk shipping services that was acquired by Moller-Maersk but did not integrate wholly into the group.
The Damco brand’s air and LCL (less than container load) offering would be combined with Maersk’s logistics and services products.
Also, a more simplified and customer-centric global ocean & logistics organization was to be introduced, Maersk had said.
Due to the changes, the Safmarine and Damco brands would no longer be marketed by the end of 2020.
Several air charters mounted
Rupesh Jain, managing director of Maersk Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore, said the Maersk team came together in Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore to mount an air solution for one of the company’s key clients needing urgent and tailor-made solution to meet its commitment.
“The team worked around the clock with the client as well as our supplier partner to ensure an effective and cost-efficient solution. The shipment was delivered to the customer in time without any issue. It also demonstrates our ambition to become the integrator of container logistics with value-added services to our customers,” Jain said.
Hean Chun Goh, head of auto, electronic and tech vertical head for Maersk Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore, said they were able to provide an integrated solution with 11 air charters in place for the client.
With the new capacity in air freight services, Maersk can manage time critical, oversized or high-value freight transportation for its clients. The tailored air charter solution provides dedicated capacity and increased control for customers, it added.
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