Freight forwarder DAMCO has launched a new cargo rescue programme in the US, with two service offerings to help ease supply chain congestion caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
In addition to the new cargo rescue programme DAMCO has also announced the appointment of Mike Meierkort as head of Americas for the company.
Meierkort is overseeing the launch of the new rescue programme across the USA, 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.
“DAMCO has a clear focus on delivering excellent freight forwarding solutions, which is proving invaluable as we work to find new ways to keep the supply chain moving.”
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 has been working with customers to move medical supplies in the fight against Covid-19, organising multiple charters between Asia, and Europe and the USA, including a recent move of 7.8 million face masks from Shanghai, China, to Los Angeles, USA.
“The new recovery programme is the result of agile thinking supported by the investment we have made over the last 18 months into building a robust business resilience programme, which supports us as we keep cargo moving, as well as making sure our people are safe,” said Saskia Groen-in’t-Woud, CEO at DAMCO.