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Ethiopia Sourcing Just Got a Little More Attractive

Expanding its logistics capabilities, A.P. Moller-Maersk has opened new freight transfer facilities in the United States and Ethiopia.

Maersk and Ethiopian partner Freighters International announced the opening of a consolidation center in Modjo Dry Port, Ethiopia.

Maersk said the multi-purpose facility will help to simplify and optimize apparel and lifestyle customers’ supply chains, saving costs, significantly reducing their speed to market and making them more competitive.

“Our integrated logistics offering is all about creating value for our customers,” Carl Lorenz, managing director for Eastern Africa Area for Maersk, said. “The new consolidation center in Modjo Dry Port saves our customers time and cost through consolidation, synergies and providing a single point of contact with greater visibility. Ultimately, the new facility will help to make Ethiopia a more attractive and competitive destination for sourcing goods for the apparel and lifestyle industries–key industries for job creation and growing the Ethiopian economy.”

Addis Alemtaye, corridor manager, Ethiopia/Djibouti, A.P. Moller-Maersk; Carl Lorenz, managing director, Eastern Africa Area, Maersk, and Daniel Zemikael, Freighters International

A hub for export or import cargo in Ethiopia, Maersk’s new consolidation center offers a range of warehousing and distribution services that address supply chain issues customers may face. With direct links from Modjo Dry Port to Djibouti Port and industrial parks, the facility offers customers first mile delivery, consolidation, cargo fulfilment and supply chain management solutions.

Decarbonization is an integral part of Maersk’s strategy and the rail service that connects all the container freight stations to Djibouti Port runs fully on hydroelectric power, the company noted.

Chicago Air Freight Gateway

In the U.S., Maersk has inaugurated a new Chicago Air Freight Gateway near O’Hare Airport designed to offer direct planeside recovery with immediate transfers to the new facility.

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The company noted that 70 percent of the U.S. is within an overnight truck drive, enabling important shipments from Asia and Europe to speed to their destination when timing is essential. The new facility also serves Maersk’s air cargo hub in Illinois’ Rockford International Airport–a 24/7, fast-growing air cargo hub.

“We want to expand our air freight presence and logistics services in key locations and today’s Chicago inauguration is an important step in our integrated offering to customers,” Mike Meierkort, regional head of Maersk North America Logistics and Services, said. “We want to create more routing options and flexibility for customers looking to improve their air cargo supply chains. Our new Chicago Air Freight Gateway offers an integrated supply chain solution to time critical shipments and order fulfillment deadlines.”

Expanding its logistics capabilities, A.P. Moller-Maersk has opened new freight transfer facilities in the United States and Ethiopia.
The new Chicago Air Freight Gateway Courtesy

The new facility is a Bonded Container Freight Station (CFS) with U.S. Customs and operates as a U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Certified Cargo Screening Facility (CCSF) to ensure timely, secure handling of air freight. This enables priority handling and sorting of import and export cargo.

For import cargo, the time taken from arrival at gateway to being ready for delivery is within 24 hours, pending customs clearance. For export cargo, the time taken from arrival at Gateway to tender and carrier is no longer than 24 hours, pending carrier booking.

The Chicago Air Freight Gateway news comes on the heels of Maersk’s recent acquisition of Senator International, which added Transatlantic experience and assets to integrate into Maersk’s North America Air Freight service to customers.