Panalpina constructing Dubai centre
Construction work has started on Panalpina's warehousing centre at Dubai Logistics City (DLC).
The company is planning to significantly increase its presence in the Middle East through the ambitious facility, which will include a 10,000m2 warehouse and 2600m2 office. An additional 15,000m2 has also been earmarked for future expansion.
"We have access to a dedicated road leading to the cargo terminal and airport tarmac, which creates a great advantage for our airfreight operations," explained RenÃƒÂ© Wernli, Panalpina Area Managing Director. "The facility also boasts of capabilities to serve ocean traffic and will be connected via road to the Jebel Ali seaport."
Panalpina has designed its warehouse for mixed use, catering to cross-dock transit operations, inbound and outbound cargo movement, temperature controlled storage, and a variety of value-added services.
The facility will be built to meet the security specifications of Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) and Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT), in addition to the health and safety policies of Panalpina.
To mark the beginning of construction work at the logistics centre, which is expected to take one year to complete, a groundbreaking ceremony was held in the presence of Michael Proffitt, CEO of Dubai Logistics City. "Dubai Logistics City's unique value proposition will begin to bear fruit through Panalpina's operations in 2008. As the first tenant, Panalpina will witness first-hand the efficiency of the DLC approach," commented Proffitt.