DAMCO adds new head of Americas and ‘cargo rescue program’

By Damian Brett

DAMCO has appointed Mike Meierkort as head of Americas as it launches a new “Cargo Rescue Program” in the US aimed at helping supply chain congestion caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

Meierkort has more than 32 years’ experience in logistics, including senior roles with Panalpina, Vanguard Logistics, and, most recently, Livingston International.

He will oversee the launch of the new programme across the US, which includes a ‘Park and Save’ option for customers who need short-term assistance when supply chains are congested, and a ‘Strip and Store’ option for cargo without a functional receiving location.

“I am joining DAMCO at a time when our customers face unprecedented challenges and I am proud of my team’s initiative in developing these services to support them,” said Meierkort.

Under the ‘Park and Save’ offering, DAMCO will pre-pull laden customs-cleared containers and store containers and chassis intact in a secure location to be delivered when the customer is ready.

‘Strip and Store’ customers have the option for DAMCO to de-van and store palletised freight so that empty equipment can be returned, stopping the clock on detention and chassis fees.

DAMCO said it had organised multiple charters between Asia, and Europe and the US, including a recent move of 7.8m face masks from Shanghai to Los Angeles.

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