DANISH shipping giant Maersk is enhancing its air cargo capabilities by opening a 60,777-square-foot freight facility in Chicago that furthers its integrated offerings by providing ocean shippers expedited options for shipments from Europe and Asia.
The move comes as Maersk, CMA CGM, and Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC) beef up their air cargo capabilities, diversifying their operations with robust profits driven by supply chain disruption.
Maersk in November 2021 announced the US$644 million acquisition of air freight forwarding specialist Senator International and the addition of five freighter aircraft to its global air network, representing more than $1 billion in investment, reports IHS Media.
With direct planeside recovery and immediate transfer to the new Bonded Container Freight Station (CFS) near O'Hare Airport, Maersk said in a statement that it can move imports and exports from arrival to delivery and from tender to carrier within 24 hours. From the facility near O'Hare, one of the 10 largest US air cargo hubs, Maersk can now reach 70 per cent of the nation's population overnight.
The new CFS with US Customs also operates as a US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Certified Cargo Screening Facility (CCSF) to ensure timely, secure handling of air freight. That enables priority handling and sorting of import and export cargo.
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