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Officials from Jafza and Maersk signing the agreement

Officials from Jafza and Maersk signing the agreement



Maersk calls Jafza home for its first W&D facility in UAE

01 November 2021

Container logistics services integrator, Maersk Kanoo, is to set up its first warehousing and distribution (W&D) facility in the UAE at Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) in Dubai.

An agreement was signed by Christopher Cook, Managing Director, Maersk UAE and Abdulla Bin Damithan, CEO & Managing Director, DP World – UAE Region & Jafza in Dubai.

With its new 10,000 sq m site, Maersk aims to give customers single window access to multiple logistics requirements, not only for the goods flowing in and out of UAE, but also to other Middle Eastern counties that use Dubai as a gateway to global trade.

Maersk’s new facility will be powered by an advanced warehouse management system offering digital solutions for inventory management, track and trace and data analysis.

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 counties 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 Cook.

“We are proud to welcome Maersk, DP World’s longstanding partner in trade, to set up their first Warehousing & Distribution facility of UAE in Jafza. Our incredible infrastructure combined with proximity to different operations and businesses lays the right foundation for a setup that Maersk has envisaged for its growth ambitions in the UAE. 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,” said Abdulla Bin Damithan, CEO & Managing Director, DP World – UAE Region & Jafza.

Maersk’s new W&D facility in Dubai will be an addition to the existing global footprint of over 250 warehouses that cover 1.5 million sq m across 50 countries. The facility will offer a total storage capacity of 80,000 c m 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 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. 




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