Danish shipping company A.P. Moller-Maersk (Maersk) has unveiled a warehousing and distribution (W&D) facility in Douala, Cameroon, in aid of boosting cargo activities.

According to Maersk, the new facility is ideally positioned inside the Douala Port zone and serves as a gateway to various Central African markets.

The 16,000m² facility is set to feature over 12,000m² of covered area with more than 8,000 pallet slots, offering dry warehousing and distribution services.

The shipping company stated it will also provide “value-added” services such as palletisation, packing and kitting.

Maersk Southern West Africa managing director Michel Koffi highlighted how the warehouse comes in response to demands for modern warehouse and distribution facilities from customers: “With the rapid expansion of the middle-class population in the region, there is a growing demand for goods, especially in the FMCG sector.

“The Port of Douala plays a crucial role in meeting this demand, as it handles over 70% of imports into Cameroon, serving both the nation’s population and its landlocked neighbours within the Central African Economic and Monetary Community.”

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By incorporating low-energy LED lights and solar energy-powered exterior lighting, this new warehouse will contribute to Maersk’s objective of reaching net zero by 2040.

Furthermore, all forklifts utilised in W&D operations will feature a blend of battery power and solar power.

At the start of operations, solar panels placed on-site will meet 15% of the site’s electrical needs, with plans for further expansion in the following years.

Koffi added: “The conversations with our customers have revealed a gap between the demand and supply for modern W&D facilities that can provide the additional capacity needed in this market. We are expanding our logistics footprint in Southern West Africa and will scale up as per the customers’ demands.”