A.P. Moller – Maersk is expanding its warehousing footprint in Bangladesh with a new 100,000 sq. ft. facility built in Chattogram. The upcoming facility is strategically located close to the Chattogram Port and easily connected to the Dhaka-Chattogram Highway through the Outer Ring Road and Karnaphuly Tunnel, giving easy access to Bangladesh’s garment exporters based out of the nearby manufacturing hubs.
“The last two to three years have been extremely challenging for Bangladesh’s exporters. The Covid-19 pandemic caused many disruptions in the supply chains. The acute imbalance in demand and supply of goods, bottlenecks in the logistics ecosystem, displaced workforce and congestion at ports and warehouses led to unforeseen challenges in Bangladesh”, said Angshuman Mustafi, Head of Maersk Bangladesh. He added, “However, the pandemic also presented us with the opportunity to have meaningful dialogues with our customers and look into the future. We realised that the demand for warehousing space was rising and decided to undertake measures that could address this requirement proactively.”
Maersk Bangladesh has partnered with Vertex Off-Dock Logistics Services Limited to commission the new three-storied facility, which should go live by December 2022. The lift, conveyor belt and slider-operated warehouse will ensure higher productivity. Internal and external parking facilities will allow more trucks and vans to be accommodated within the warehouse. While the current facility will be 100,000 sq. ft., Maersk has access to more space in case of expansion in the future. Maersk’s total warehousing footprint in Bangladesh will cross 300,000 sq. ft. with this new facility.