Maritime Transport Company CMA CGM has announced a major new investment to build an all-purpose climate controlled warehouse facility at the DP World London Gateway Logistics Park. The company have taken a long-term lease on the land, work on the facility will begin later this year with a projected completion date of summer 2019.
The company through one of their logistics solutions subsidiaries will occupy a cold storage facility located near the River Thames. The facility will be one hectare in size and within a Logistics Development with close access to the main roads into the city of London and surrounding regions.
With the creation of this cold store CMA CGM will offer both frozen and chilled chambers to handle a vast array of climate-controlled goods along with a multitude of value-added services including packing, sorting, palletization, labelling, bagging and quality control on products.
Transfer from the quay to the warehouse (shunting) will also be offered as well as all the necessary customs clearance and a last-mile delivery service.
This new platform will become an all-in-one service offering expertise throughout to ensure a higher quality customer experience.
Senior Vice President Inland Activities for the CMA CGM Group, Alexis Michel said, “This is an important step forward for CMA CGM and we’re looking forward to adding even greater value to the operations of our customers through the development of this facility. Drawing on the logistics expertise that exists within the CMA CGM Group, we’ll be able to offer our customers a unique range of value-added services and make sure their goods receive the best care all along their journey with CMA CGM and until they reach their final destination. This is also a significant step up in our partnership with DP World, showing that ports, shipping lines, logistics companies and industrial zones can work collaboratively to deliver value for cargo owners shipping into and out of the UK. With the construction of this facility, CMA CGM reaffirms its commitment to its customers by placing their needs at the centre of the Group’s development.”
DP World UK Chief Executive Officer, Chris Lewis said, “We’re delighted that the CMA CGM Group is establishing a temperature-controlled warehouse & logistics services on DP World London Gateway’s Logistics Park. The group is already bringing a significant amount of cargo through the port and this is an exciting next step in the product and service CMA CGM can offer its customers. We’re proud to have worked with such a key customer on a project which will without doubt increase supply chain efficiencies and add value. Our combination of a reliable, efficient port, with its international rail terminal and Authorised Economic Operator status – all plugged into a network which links more than 100 ports in 60 countries all over the world – on the same site as a flexible, scalable Logistics Park, enables logistics providers to bring different parts of the supply chain into one location; a location which sits just 25 miles from Central London, the largest consumer market in Western Europe.”