A.P. Moller – Maersk (Maersk) has strengthened its presence in South America and the Caribbean with the inauguration of a 14,000 square-metre fulfilment centre in Colombia and a 3,500 square-metre fulfilment centre in Panama.
Antonio Dominguez, Head of Latin America and the Caribbean at Maersk, said: “We are investing more than $200 million in Colombia to expand our logistics infrastructure with investments in cold storages, warehouses, depots, distribution centres, and container yards, aiming to provide support to our customers’ supply chain while responding to their industries’ requirements.
“Through this expansion to our offering, we strengthen our position as a logistic integrator in the region, connecting the needs of the sector with the needs of the world while keeping our focus on offering high value-added solutions to our customers.”
The new Maersk fulfilment centre was inaugurated with customers from the pharmaceutical and consumer products industry, who are already using the facilities. The centre is located in the ZOL Funza logistics project, 50 minutes from six of the main consumer market areas in Bogota.
The facility contains lithium battery electrical technology and LED lighting, as well as a warehouse management system, cross-docking, and other value-added services.
Maersk also opened its second fulfilment site in Panama in August. The property has a storage capacity of 3,500 square-metres and is located in the Panama Pacifico logistic park.
It is ideally placed around 30 kilometres from the capital, with easy access to major roads, ports, and airports.
Dominguez added: “These investments demonstrate the enormous potential that the region has in Central America and Caribbean, and highlights Maersk’s commitment to generate new opportunities in Latin America.
“On our way to offering truly integrated logistics, we must offer simplified solutions to customers seeking to connect with the rest of the world.”
These new facilities take Maersk’s total footprint in the area to more than 180,000 square-metre spread across eight facilities in Central America, Andina and Caribbean.