Maersk Kanoo UAE has inaugurated its first Integrated Logistics Centre in Dubai, UAE, at DP World’s trade and logistics hub, Jafza. The Maersk Integrated Logistics Centre was inaugurated by Richard Morgan, Regional Managing Director, Maersk West & Central Asia and Christopher Cook, Managing Director, Maersk UAE, in the presence of Maersk’s top W&D customers in the UAE.
Ocean shipping and inbound logistics & distribution have traditionally been shared amongst multiple stakeholders in the region, resulting in complex logistical requirements. With the new Integrated Logistics Centre in Dubai, Maersk aims to build an integrated solution for its customers wherein the customers will get single window access to multiple logistics requirements, not only for the goods flowing in and out of UAE but also other Middle Eastern counties who use Dubai as a gateway to global trade.
The Maersk Integrated Logistics Centre in Dubai will be an addition to the existing global footprint of over 250 warehouses, 85 of which were opened in 2021 alone, covering 1.5m sq m across 50 countries. The facility will cater to various types of goods across sectors such as petrochemical, retail & lifestyle, fast moving consumer goods (FMCG), technology and automotive, amongst others. The facility is said to be strategically located with a close link to seaport operations and the Al Maktoum Airport. This aims to allow the facility to serve consumers requiring air cross-docking and those moving less-than-container-load (LCL) cargo.
The facility is to be powered by a state-of-the-art warehouse management system that implements modern technologies and digital solutions for efficient inventory management, track & trace at unit-level and offers dashboards for higher visibility and deeper insights.
Maersk’s Integrated Logistics Centre will support existing services provided, including ocean shipping, landside transportation, customs clearance, contract logistics, and e-commerce solutions. Maersk states that customers taking advantage of its integrated solutions 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.