Dubai: Maersk Kanoo UAE, a container logistics integrator, on Wednesday signed an agreement with DP World’s main shopping and logistics center, Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) to set up its first warehousing and distribution facility ( W&D) in the United Arab Emirates.
The agreement was signed by Christopher Cook, Managing Director of Maersk UAE and Abdulla Bin Damithan, CEO and Managing Director of DP World – UAE Region and Jafza, today at the Maersk Regional Headquarters for West Asia and power station in Dubai. The 10,000 m² will be located at Jafza in Dubai.
Shipping and inbound logistics and distribution have traditionally been shared among multiple stakeholders in the region, resulting in complex logistics requirements. With its new W&D facility, Maersk takes an important step towards building an integrated solution for its customers in which customers will have one-stop access to multiple logistics requirements, not only for goods entering and leaving the UAE, but also to other Middle Eastern countries that use Dubai as a gateway to world trade.
Simplify supply chains
“At Maersk, we are committed to connecting and simplifying our customers’ supply chains. And right now, adding flexibility to their supply chains has become more crucial than ever. I am delighted that we are taking a solid step in this direction with the announcement of our first W&D facility in the United Arab Emirates, ”said Cook.
Maersk’s new W&D facility in Dubai will add to the existing global footprint of more than 250 warehouses covering 1.5 million square meters. in 50 countries. The facility will provide a total storage capacity of 80,000 cubic meters and cater for various types of goods in sectors such as petrochemicals, retail and lifestyle, fast moving consumer goods (FMCG), technology and the automobile, among others.
“We are proud to welcome Maersk, a long-time business partner of DP World, to the installation of their first UAE warehousing and distribution facility in Jafza. Our incredible infrastructure combined with the proximity to different operations and businesses lay the foundation for a setup that Maersk envisioned for its growth ambitions in the UAE. Combined with the strength of Jebel Ali Port, Jafza creates the ideal multimodal shopping and logistics hub in the region, connecting businesses to over 3.5 billion consumers, ”said Abdulla Bin Damithan, CEO and Managing Director of DP World – United Arab Emirates region and Jafza. .
The facility is strategically located with not only a close link with port operations, but also with Al Maktoum Airport. This will allow the facility to serve consumers requiring air transshipment and those who also carry less than one container load (LCL) cargo.
The Maersk W&D facility will be powered by a state-of-the-art warehouse management system that implements modern technologies and digital solutions for efficient inventory management, unit-level tracking and traceability and offers tables rich dashboards for better visibility and more in-depth information. For example, with advanced solutions for expiration date management, losses in consumer goods can be reduced to zero, creating a cost competitive advantage for Maersk customers.
“Our customers deserve solutions that add value and improve the efficiency of their supply chains. With our state-of-the-art W&D facility, I have no doubts that we are well positioned to take on this responsibility, ”said Cook.
Maersk’s W&D facility will complement existing services provided, including shipping, ground transportation, customs clearance, contract logistics and electronic communication solutions. Customers leveraging Maersk’s integrated solutions will benefit from reduced cargo discounts throughout its journey, resulting in potentially faster turnaround times, better visibility, better control and greater predictability of their chains. supply.