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New Vancouver facility targets PNW supply chains

Maersk and Canadian Pacific have announced the construction of a new facility in Vancouver in the next months, connecting the Port of Vancouver via rail or truck directly with the warehouse.

The new 10,870m² facility will have 103 doors and is scheduled to open on 1 September, "offering cross-dock services, designed to make PNW supply chains more resilient, flexible and cost-effective," said Maersk.

The Danish carrier added that the new facility will add needed cross-dock capacity at a time of supply chain strain, while it expects North American importers and exporters to gain more cross-dock transload capacity in their PNW supply chains during the 2021 peak season.

The ability to cross-dock into domestic 53’ trailers enables customers to achieve overall cost savings (per cubic meter) for domestic distribution, according to an announcement.

“The logistics goal of this facility is to allow customers more time and flexibility in decision-making. They can now easily make destination routing decisions upon arrival at the discharge port instead of at origin,” noted Omar Shamsie, President of Maersk Canada.

Additionally, the Vancouver warehouse is designed to leverage the use of Canadian Pacific rail service direct from the port as a lower carbon emission choice than multiple trucks in the port complex and on local roads.

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