Damco, the global freight forwarding company in the Danish A.P. Moller – Maersk Group – has established a new Intra-Asia hub in Singapore. The new hub for less-than-container-load shipments has been in operation since the start of April 2008. It aims to offer existing and new Damco customers with more competitive services, such as an increased number of sailing frequencies and locations served, as well as a reduction in transit times and more cost competitive offerings.
“We believe in being a partner that is flexible, easy to do business with and who understands the local needs of our customers,” says Jens Wessel, Head of Damco for Asia–Pacific.
“The decision to launch an Intra-Asia hub in Singapore was based on the growing demand for less than- container-load services from our customers.
With the new service, frequency of sailings will increase on average from one per week, per destination to two or three sailings per week, per destination for most destinations. There is also likely to be up to seven times as many sailings destination choices as there was previously.”
The new Intra-Asia hub in Singapore offers services from 80 countries of origin worldwide, to more than 288 destinations throughout Asia. The main origin countries are the US and Europe. The less-than-container-load cargo is then collected at the hub in Singapore before being routed to final destinations throughout the Intra-Asia region.
Anders Johansen, the Regional Ocean Freight Manager for Damco added:
“Singapore offers key advantages from a connectivity and productivity standpoint. With the number of vessel calls and operators in Singapore, as well as its strategic location, Singapore offers multiple weekly sailings to most Intra-Asia destinations – providing maximum flexibility and the lowest transit time for our customers.”
Damco is carrier-neutral and flexible, having access to a network of all major ocean carriers and airlines, in addition to a host of local landside service providers such as trucking and customs house brokers. Damco demonstrates flexibility by working with a broad range of global and local service providers. It is able to offer the best of both worlds to customers, access to a global network and yet personalised, localised service. It takes pride in providing customised packages to meet specific customer requirements.
Damco is a global freight forwarder offering flexible, localised, and personalised services to deliver exactly what the customer wants, when and how the customer wants it. We work with all major ocean carriers and airlines, and local landside service providers such as trucking and customs brokers, and a broad range of global and local service providers. With such extensive reach, we can quickly put together a tailor-made package to meet customer needs.
We believe that close relationships with every customer are the foundation for our continued success. That’s why we have our own offices in key markets, staffed with local people who speak the local language and understand the local market. And that’s why, for example, customers’ have just one point of contact.
Damco was born from the merger of Dutch freight forwarding company Damco Sea & Air and the forwarding activities of Denmark-based DSL Star Express. Established in 1988, Damco Sea & Air was P&O Nedlloyd’s forwarding arm. In 2005, the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group acquired Damco Sea & Air in connection with the acquisition of P&O Nedlloyd. Since 2001, Maersk Logistics has been providing ocean freight forwarding services, in addition to its supply chain management services, under the name ‘DSL Star Express’. Together with Maersk Logistics air freight and landside services, DSL Star Express was renamed ‘Damco’ on 1 July 2007.
Damco is part of the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group and our head office is located in Copenhagen, Denmark.