Maersk opens facility in New Zealand


A.P. Moller-Maersk has opened an integrated cold chain facility in New Zealand with the aim of allowing larger quantities of imported and exported goods to flow through the country.

Maersk has operated in New Zealand for 27 years but, at approximately $140-150 million NZD, this facility in Hamilton is the company’s biggest infrastructure investment in the country to date.

“New Zealand has long played a vital role in the global supply chain from dairy, meat to seafood and fruits,” said the CEO of Maersk, Vincent Clerc. “We have over the years made very significant investments in our ocean network and offer today a best-in-class experience from capacity, coverage, and reliability perspective.”

The new facility offers customers end-to-end supply chain management including import, export and cross-docking services. It enables the exchanging of goods between transport modes, such as rail and truck.

Hamilton sits at the heart of the Golden Triangle, between Auckland and Tauranga, which sees 65 per cent of New Zealand’s total freight flow through the strategic corridor.

“The new facility’s ideal location now seamlessly links the ports of Auckland and Tauranga providing a supply chain for our customers and increases the volume of possible imports and exports to and from New Zealand, all while retaining the quality of the products,” said Maersk Oceania Managing Director, Kylie Fraser. “Expansion of our product solutions into the cold store segment presents a significant opportunity for our customers to benefit from a state-of-the-art facility.”

The cold-chain facility will be used by New Zealand’s largest dairy company, Fonterra, as well as  BluePrint Global/NZ Grass-Fed Butter, Mega Foods and Service Foods. It will provide the space for nearly 30,000 pallets of products in both cold rooms and blast freezers.

Maersk has partnered with local iwi (tribe) Waikato-Tainui as owners of the land on which the facility sits, making significant social investment through employment and training.

“We’re proud to partner with Maersk to support their growth and ongoing contribution to Aotearoa New Zealand which will, in turn, support us to drive the economic resilience of our 86,000-strong iwi,” said the Chairman of Te Arataura, the executive committee of Waikato-Tainui, Tuku Morgan.

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