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Maersk Grows Warehouse Footprint From Brazil to India

A.P Moller–Maersk is enlarging its logistics capacity around the world.

The company announced the opening of a 9,400-square-meter warehouse in Sao Paulo strategically located near Brazil’s main markets for fast-moving consumer goods, retail, technology and electronics, and fashion and lifestyle.

At the same time, Maersk India inaugurated a new warehouse in Bhiwandi on the outskirts of Mumbai. Spread over 250,000 square feet, the new facility will be the company’s fifth warehouse inaugurated this year in India, taking the total footprint to over 2.1 million square feet, including warehouses from the recently completed acquisition of LF Logistics.

As an integrator of logistics, Maersk is developing and providing solutions ranging from ocean transportation to landside and air transportation, contract logistics including warehousing and distribution (W&D) and depots, custom clearances and visibility solutions. The integrated solutions allow Maersk to have greater control over the movement of the cargo at multiple stages of its journey and bring resilience to the supply chains. With the expansion of W&D facilities, Maersk said it is strengthening its position further by providing a larger array of services through a single window to its customers.

Located close to the main economic centers of the southeast region, the 19,400-square-meter facility in Sao Paulo is situated 50 kilometers from the main airports, 120 kilometers from the port of Santos and 30 kilometers from Sao Paulo, with quick access to the main highways.

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“This is one important step on the Maersk journey to become the global integrator of container logistics,” Søren Skou, CEO of A.P. Moller-Maersk, said. “Our new facility in Brazil is part of our investment in the East Coast of South America for building our warehousing and our contract logistics business. We are growing extremely fast with our customers on landside logistics, and we will continue to grow this part of our business in the coming years.”

The new facility offers supply chain management services, including order fulfillment, receipt and storage of goods, inventory management, picking and packing of pallets or cases, loading, consolidation and deconsolidation, warehouse management system and crossdocking. It has a racking structure to store up to 21,000 pallet positions and 22 docks.

Supporting customers’ emissions targets and strengthening the ability to offer end-to-end low-emissions logistics solutions is a strategic priority for Maersk. The new site is certified LEED Platinum, including rooftop solar panels, rainwater recapture and waste management system, felt thermal insulation and lithium battery material-handling equipment.

“By the end of this year, we will have a 350,000 square meter warehouse footprint in Latin America situated in country locations throughout the region, and we have a great ambition for the years to come,” Robbert van Trooijen, president of Maersk in Latin America, said. “As we combine these strategically located warehouses and a broad portfolio of services, we aim to offer more value-added, agile solutions to our customers.”

Maersk aims to better connect Latin America with the world through expanding its end-to-end warehouse and distribution footprint and regional consolidation and deconsolidation network with innovative solutions that address customers’ needs.

“This new facility adds to our six existing facilities in Brazil and is part of the plans Maersk has for the country to support our customers and their domestic and international supply chain needs,” Karin Schoner, managing director of Maersk in the East Coast of South America, said. “Maersk has transformed to a full-service, end-to-end logistics services provider, and our warehouse and distribution solutions take advantage of our shared global network operations to help optimize our customers’ supply chains.”

The new Bhiwandi warehouse

Maersk’s new facility in Bhiwandi will be the fifth warehouse going live in 2022, after one each at Sikandrabad in Uttar Pradesh, Kolkata in West Bengal, and Pune and Bhiwandi in Maharashtra. Being strategically located on the Mumbai-Nashik highway, the facility provides connectivity to the manufacturing hubs and the Jawaharlal Nehru Port in Mumbai.

Last week, Maersk completed the acquisition of LF Logistics, a Hong Kong-based contract logistics company with premium capabilities within omnichannel fulfilment services, e-commerce and inland transport in the Asia-Pacific region. LF Logistics has seven warehouses in India, which have been added to Maersk’s network.