CMA CGM is to take a long-term lease and invest in a build-to-suit, multi-temperature logistics facility at DP World London Gateway Logistics Park.
The CMA CGM Group will occupy, through its international freight forwarding and logistics solutions subsidiary, a 1 ha cold store facility within a 2.4 ha logistics plot development on the River Thames and located close to main road access into the London area.
The cold store will feature chilled and frozen chambers to handle a large variety of temperature-controlled products as well as a range of added value services such as product quality controls, packing, sorting, labelling, palletisation or bagging.
It will also offer customs clearance, shunting (transfer from the quay to the warehouse) and delivery transportation (last-mile delivery).
Work will start later this year, and the facility will become operational in early summer of 2019.
CMA CGM, the world’s second largest carrier of reefer containers, is currently bringing cargo through London Gateway on seven services, including shipments arriving from the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, India and South America.
The port has more than 1600 ‘reefer’ points, a weather-resilient, automated container stacking system, custom-built inspection facilities and a service for shunting containers between the port and its neighbouring Logistics Park.
Alexis Michel, CMA CGM Group’s senior vice president of inland activities, 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.”