Maersk calls Jafza home for its first Warehousing & Distribution facility in the UAE
DUBAI, UAE: Leading container logistics integrator Maersk Kanoo UAE has signed an agreement with DP World’s leading trade and logistics hub, Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza), to set up its first Warehousing & Distribution (W&D) facility in the UAE.
Maersk is building its 10,000 sqm W&D facility within Jafza, one of the world’s largest and busiest ports. It’s the newest addition to its existing global footprint of over 250 warehouses covering 1.5 million sqm across 50 countries.
The facility will offer a total storage capacity of 80,000 cubic meter and cater to various types of goods across sectors such as petrochemical, retail & lifestyle, fast moving consumer goods (FMCG), technology and automotive amongst others.
The agreement was signed by Christopher Cook, Managing Director, Maersk UAE and Abdulla Bin Damithan, CEO & Managing Director, DP World – UAE Region & Jafza, today at Maersk West & Central Asia regional headquarter in Dubai.
Ocean shipping and inbound logistics & distribution have traditionally been shared amongst multiple stakeholders in the region, resulting in complex logistical requirements. With its new W&D facility, Maersk is taking an important step towards building a truly integrated solution for its customers wherein the customers will get a single window access to multiple logistics requirements, not only for the goods flowing in and out of UAE, but also to other Middle Eastern countries who use Dubai as a gateway to global trade.
“At Maersk, we are committed to connect and simplify our customers’ supply chains. And in today’s times, adding flexibility to their supply chains has become more crucial than ever. I am excited that we are taking a solid step in this direction with the announcement of our first W&D facility in the UAE,” said Maersk UAE Managing Director Christopher Cook.
Abdulla Bin Damithan, CEO & Managing Director, DP World – UAE Region & Jafza, proudly welcomed Maersk’s decision, saying, “Combined with the strength of Jebel Ali Port, Jafza creates the ideal multimodal trade and logistics hub in the region, connecting businesses to more than 3.5 billion consumers. This move is building on the legacy of DP World and Maersk, and we look forward to extending our support through their journey with us.”
Maersk’s new facility is strategically located with not only a close link to seaport operations but also to the Al Maktoum Airport. This will allow the facility to serve consumers requiring air cross-docking and those moving less-than-container-load (LCL) cargo as well.