Maersk introduces Los Angeles air cargo gateway

Maersk introduces Los Angeles air cargo gateway

A.P. Moller – Maersk (Maersk) has opened a new 130,000-square-foot air freight import/export gateway near Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), which provides direct planeside recovery and quick unit load device (ULD) transfers.

The West Coast facility complements Maersk’s growing north American network of air cargo gateways, including Atlanta and Chicago which have been stood up in the last 12 months.

The new facility is approximately 15 miles from Los Angeles International Airport and less than 9 miles from the Port of Long Beach. Customs brokerage, commercial sales, and freight activities such as LCL transload will be carried out on-site.

This location is a Container Freight Station (CFS) bonded by US Customs and a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Certified Cargo Screening Facility (CCSF).

READ: Maersk launches Denmark-China air route

The facility is set to become a Free Trade Zone in 2024, allowing it to benefit from cheaper tariffs, fewer processing costs, and speedier commodities flow.

The opening of the Los Angeles facility is the latest step in Maersk’s North American air freight capacity expansion programme that extends across strategic cargo entry points and is aligned to customer demand.

The increased capacity provides for greater supply chain integration and improved scalability to handle seasonal peaks as well as market-driven volume surges for new product launches.

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LAX is a significant gateway between the US and the Asia-Pacific area, and it is one of the busiest airports in the world for both passenger traffic and cargo processing.

According to Los Angeles World Airports, LAX is one of the top five airports in the US in terms of tonnage.

This month, Hutchison Ports’ Felixstowe port celebrated the first visit of the Laura Maersk, Maersk’s first containership to finish a trip fuelled by green methanol.

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