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CMA remakes Big Chill at London Gateway

[ February 26, 2018   //   ]

CMA CGM is to take a long lease in a build-to-suit, multi-temperature warehouse facility at DP World London Gateway Logistics Park in order to concentrate all its UK reefer activity at the port.

Shipping Group’s freight forwarding and logistics solutions subsidiary is taking a one hectare cold store facility within a 2.4 hectare logistics plot development. It will include chilled and frozen chambers to handle a large variety of temperature-controlled products and offer services such as quality controls, packing, sorting, labelling, palletisation or bagging, along with customs clearance, transfer from the quay to the warehouse and delivery transportation.

Work will start later this year, and the facility will open in early summer 2019.

CMA CGM, the world’s second largest carrier of reefer containers, operates seven services into the port, with large numbers of refrigerated containers from the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, India and South America and in the last two months has consolidated much of its UK-bound temperature-controlled cargo from the Southern Hemisphere into London Gateway.

CMA CGM group senior vice president inland activities, Alexis Michel, said: “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, Chris Lewis (pictured left with CMA CGM group chief executive, Farid Salem), added: “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.”

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