Maersk says its new 14,000sqm fulfilment centre in South America’s Colombia and 3,500sqm fulfilment centre in the Central America’s Panama will give greater connectivity to its customers and simplify their supply chains.

Maersk‘s growing investment in the Americas supports US import data from the US Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA), which shows US brands are lowering their reliance on China and shifting apparel sourcing to other locations.

Antonio Dominguez, head of Latin America and the Caribbean at Maersk, remarks: “We are investing more than $200m in Colombia to expand our logistics infrastructure with investments in cold storages, warehouses, depots, distribution centres, and container yards, aiming to provide support to our customer’s supply chain while responding to their industries’ requirements.

“Through this expansion to our offering, we strengthen our position as a logistic integrator in the region, connecting the needs of the sector with the needs of the world while keeping our focus on offering high value-added solutions to our customers.”

The new fulfilment centre in Colombia is said to provide a warehouse management system, cross-docking, and other value-added services, and include lithium battery electrical equipment and LED lighting.

These two new facilities take Maersk’s total footprint in the area to more than 180,000m2 spread across eight facilities in Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

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The shipping company also inaugurated its second fulfilment centre in Panama last August. Located in the Panama Pacifico logistic park, the site has 3,500m2 of storage capacity. It is located 30km from the capital and has direct access to the main highways, ports, and airports.

Dominguez explains: “These investments demonstrate the enormous potential that the region has in Central America and Caribbean, and highlights Maersk’s commitment to generate new opportunities in Latin America. On our way to offering truly integrated logistics, we must offer simplified solutions to customers seeking to connect with the rest of the world.”

Last month four containers from Danish fashion company Bestseller embarked on their maiden voyage of Maersk Eco Delivery, the first-methanol-powered container vessel.

In May, Maersk opened its Innovation Centre, which aims to drive the supply chain at an enterprise level.