Maersk launches new Chicago airfreight gateway

Easy access to Maersk’s air cargo hub in Rockford Intl Airport; 70% of the U.S. population within overnight drive.

Maersk launches new Chicago airfreight gateway

Maersk has inaugurated a new Chicago air freight gateway near O'Hare Airport designed to offer direct planeside recovery with immediate transfers to the new facility.

"70% of the U.S. is within an overnight truck drive enabling important shipments from Asia and Europe to speed to their destination when timing is essential," says a release from Maersk. "The new facility also serves Maersk's air cargo hub in Rockford Intl. Airport – a 24/7, fast growing, air cargo hub."

Mike Meierkort, Regional Head, North America Logistics and Services, Maersk says: "We want to expand our air freight presence and logistics services in key locations and the Chicago inauguration is an important step in our integrated offering to customers. We want to create more routing options and flexibility for customers looking to improve their air cargo supply chains. Our new Chicago Air freight gateway offers an integrated supply chain solution to time critical shipments and order fulfilment deadlines."

The new facility is a Bonded Container Freight Station (CFS) with U.S. Customs and operates as a U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Certified Cargo Screening Facility (CCSF) to ensure timely, secure handling of air freight. This enables priority handling and sorting of import and export cargo, the release added.

"For import cargo, the time taken from arrival at ORD gateway to being ready for delivery is within 24 hours, pending customs clearance. For export cargo, the time taken from arrival at ORD Gateway to tender and carrier is no longer than 24 hours, pending carrier booking."

Globally, the air freight market continues to be fairly volatile with volumes trending down but rates remaining higher than 2019 levels due to jet fuel costs, lack of passenger/belly capacity and the impact of the war in Ukraine, says Maersk in its October edition of the Europe market update.

Flight cancellations due to lack of staff at airports has led to an increasing dependency on cargo aircraft plus the Asia to Europe trade lane is highly affected (-20% YTD) thanks to Covid policies, inflation, capacity reductions and other factors, the update said.

"Despite this, Europe outbound is stable and growing slightly, seeing increases across lifestyle, FMCG, and pharma sectors."

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