Maersk Kanoo UAE, a container logistics integrator, today 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 facility 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 a truly integrated solution for its customers, in which customers will have one-stop access to multiple logistics requirements, not only for goods entering and exiting the UAE. , but also for other countries in the Middle East which use Dubai as a gateway to world trade.
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 industries such as petrochemicals, retail and lifestyle, fast moving consumer goods (FMCG), technology and the automobile, among others. 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 FMCG products can be reduced to zero, creating a cost competitive advantage for Maersk customers.
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.
About AP Moller – Maersk
AP Moller – Maersk is an integrated container logistics company that strives to connect and simplify the supply chains of its customers. As a global leader in shipping services, the company operates in 130 countries and employs approximately 80,000 people.
About the Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza)
Jafza is one of the world’s major free trade zones and is home to more than 8,000 multinational companies. Jafza accounts for 23.9% of total FDI (foreign direct investment) flows to Dubai, supporting the employment of more than 135,000 people in the United Arab Emirates. In 2019, Jafza generated trade worth $ 99.5 billion.
Strategically located at the crossroads of a region offering market access to more than 3.5 billion people, the Jebel Ali port and free zone create an integrated multimodal hub offering maritime, air and land connectivity, complemented by extensive logistics facilities. The port and the free zone contributed 33.4% of Dubai’s GDP in 2017.
Jafza is the primary trade hub between Asia, Europe and Africa, connecting some of the world’s fastest growing manufacturing and consumer markets. With over 30 years of experience, Jafza focuses on long-term customer relationships, building alliances with global investors and providing world-class infrastructure and support. In addition to quality-driven value-added services and incentives, Jafza is a catalyst for business opportunities, providing its clients with easy and efficient access to substantial business opportunities in the region.