Maersk, Denmark’s logistics company, is expanding its warehousing footprint in Bangladesh with a brand new 100,000 square feet facility being built in Chattogram.
Maersk Bangladesh has partnered with Vertex Off-Dock Logistics Services to commission the new three-storied facility. Maersk has access to more space in case of expansion in the future.
The facility is 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 lift, conveyor belt and slider-operated warehouse will ensure higher productivity. Internal and external parking facilities will allow for a higher number of trucks and vans to be accommodated within the warehouse, the company said in a media statement.
As an integrator of logistics, Maersk is developing and providing solutions ranging from ocean transportation to landside and air transportation, contract logistics including warehousing & distribution (W&D) and depots, custom clearances, visibility solutions and so on.
With the expansion of warehousing facilities, Maersk is strengthening its position further by providing a larger array of services through a single window to its customers.
Speaking to the media, Angshuman Mustafi, head of Maersk, Bangladesh, said that 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,” he added.
“However, the pandemic also presented us with the opportunity to have meaningful dialogues with our customers and look into the future. We realized that the demand for warehousing space was rising and decided to undertake measures that could address this requirement proactively,” he also said.
“Through our collaboration with Maersk, we are building a facility that has a modern integrated installation. By building efficient warehouses, we are catering to the demand of the country’s exporters and addressing their requirements to the level of international standards,” Imran Fahim Noor, managing director, Vertex Off-Dock logistics services, said.