Maersk opens Los Angeles air cargo gateway
04 / 10 / 2023
Maersk has inaugurated a new 130,000 sq ft airfreight import/export gateway near Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) as part of its North American airfreight capacity expansion programme.
Maersk, which launched Maersk Air Cargo in April last year, said the LAX gateway allows for “more supply chain integration opportunities” and “better scaling to care for seasonal peaks”, as well as “market-driven volume spikes” for new product launches.
The gateway offers direct planeside recovery with immediate unit load device (ULD) transfers.
The new facility is 15 miles from LAX and less than nine miles from the Port of Long Beach. Site staffing will be in place for the conduct of customs brokerage, commercial sales, and freight operations such as LCL transload.
The site is also a US Customs bonded Container Freight Station (CFS) and a US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Certified Cargo Screening Facility (CCSF).
The facility is also scheduled to attain Free Trade Zone status in 2024 to benefit from “lower duties, reduced processing fees, and faster movement of goods”.
John Wetherell, regional head of airfreight, North America, said: “Our new Los Angeles air hub positions Maersk for years of growth. LA is a self-managed air facility that has tripled our access to capacity on the U.S. West Coast. Our customers will benefit from higher service levels and greater warehouse capacity.”