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Maersk sets up first warehousing and distribution facility in UAE

  • Maersk is building an integrated solution wherein customers will get a single window access to multiple logistics requirements
  • The 10,000-square-meter facility will be located within DP World’s Jebel Ali Free Zone in Dubai
  • The facility will offer a total storage capacity of 80,000 cubic meters and cater to various types of goods across sectors

Maersk announced it will set up its first warehousing and distribution (W&D) facility in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as an important step in building a truly integrated logistics solution for customers with multiple logistics requirements.

Maersk Kanoo UAE, an integrator of container logistics, signed on September 22 an agreement with DP World’s Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) to set up its first W&D facility in the UAE.

The del was signed by Christopher Cook, managing director of Maersk UAE, and Abdulla Bin Damithan, CEO and managing director of DP World-UAE Region & Jafza.

The 10,000-square-meter facility will be located within Jafza in Dubai, an addition to Maersk’s existing global footprint of over 250 warehouses that cover 1.5 million square meters across 50 countries.

Jafza is one of the world’s leading free trade zones and is a trade and business hub between Asia, Europe and Africa. It is home to over 8,000 multinational companies and accounts for 23.9% of total FDI (foreign direct investment) flow ‎into Dubai. In 2019, Jafza generated trade worth US$99.5 billion.

Providing market access to over 3.5 billion people, Jebel Free Zone together with Jebel Ali Port creates an integrated multi-modal hub offering sea, air and land connectivity, complemented by extensive logistics facilities, Maersk said in a statement. ‎The Port and Free Zone contributed 33.4% of Dubai’s GDP in 2017.

Ocean shipping and inbound logistics and distribution have traditionally been shared among multiple stakeholders in the region, resulting in complex logistical requirements. With its new W&D facility, Maersk said it is building a truly integrated solution that will enable its customers to get a single window access to multiple logistics requirements, not only for goods flowing in and out of UAE, but also to other Middle Eastern countries that use Dubai as a gateway to global trade.

The facility will offer a total storage capacity of 80,000 cubic meters and cater to various types of goods across sectors such as petrochemical, retail & lifestyle, fast moving consumer goods, technology and automotive.

The state-of-the art facility is not only closely linked to seaport operations but also to the Al Maktoum Airport, allowing the facility to serve consumers requiring air cross-docking and those moving less-than-container-load cargo as well.

The Maersk facility will be an addition to the existing services provided that include ocean shipping, landside transportation, customs clearance, contract logistics and e-commerce solutions.

“Customers taking advantage of integrated solutions from Maersk will benefit from reduced handovers of their cargo through its journey, leading to potentially faster turnaround times, higher visibility, better control and more predictability of their supply chains,” Maersk said.

Photo courtesy of Maersk

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