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Kingdom’s largest cold storage warehouse opens

Greatly boosting the ability to store and export temperature-sensitive agricultural products, thereby minimising food loss and waste

Cambodia’s first cross-docking warehouse – Kandal Cold Storage Project – has opened for operations along the banks of the Mekong River in Kandal province.

It was designed to prevent food waste and agricultural products that are sensitive to temperature.

Cross-docking is a logistics technique that aims to accelerate goods delivery and increase supply chain efficiency. It involves unloading goods from vehicles making incoming shipments at a logistics facility and transferring them to vehicles handling outgoing shipments, requiring little or no storage time in between. It has been hailed as a game changer for logistics in Cambodia.

The new cross-docking facility was officially opened on Wednesday morning at the Phnom Penh Autonomous Port by Bridgette L. Walker, the US Embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission in Cambodia.

The opening ceremony was attended by representatives from the Cambodian government, the governments of the United Kingdom, Australia, Switzerland, and Singapore, as well as InfraCo Asia and Khmer Cold Chain.

The Kandal Cold Storage Project is an initiative by InfraCo Asia through Khmer Cold Chain (KCC).

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Walker said: “USAID’s co-investment with Khmer Cold Chain is an important step forward for Cambodia.”

“This facility will boost regional and international trade, prevent food spoilage, and provide economic benefits for businesses and customers alike.

“The facility is the first of its kind in Cambodia and will provide valuable services to dozens of import and export customers, directly and indirectly benefiting thousands of Cambodian farmers and consumers,” she added.

The 6,046-cubic-metre cross-docking facility in Kandal province’s Kien Svay district would greatly boost Cambodia’s ability to store and export temperature-sensitive agricultural products, thereby minimising food loss and waste.

USAID supports KCC through the “Feed the Future” Market Systems and Partnerships (MSP) Activity, which is one of several USAID initiatives in Cambodia that are increasing cold storage and logistical capability for agricultural uses.

This first-of-its-kind facility was made possible in part through a $2 million partnership between USAID and KCC, with $999,604 from USAID and $1,017,605 in co-investment from KCC.

It targets market system impediments to import-export prospects for major corporations, small and medium-sized businesses, and agricultural cooperatives, with an emphasis on enhancing access for smallholder farmers as well as women and youth-owned firms.

The facility will include a 50-foot cross-dock to serve Cambodian and regional farmers, agribusinesses, food processors, pharmaceutical enterprises, food merchants, and hotel and restaurant catering businesses.

According to the feasibility assessment, Cambodia’s present cold storage capacity must be increased by 140,000 cubic metres by 2030 to suit its supply chain demands.

The space would include facilities such as pre-cooling, co-packing and labelling, sanitary and phytosanitary services (SPS), picking, and direct store delivery.

These services will help increase Cambodia-based small-and-medium enterprises (SME) ability to access higher-value domestic markets.

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New Chief Executive Appointed To Lead Cold Chain Federation

Phil Pluck joins bringing a wealth of experience in leadership roles at professional membership bodies.

The Cold Chain Federation is pleased to announce that Phil Pluck joins the federation on Monday 20th November 2023 as its new Chief Executive.

The Cold Chain Federation is the membership body leading the UK’s temperature-controlled logistics industry.

Phil Pluck brings to the Cold Chain Federation a wealth of experience in leadership roles at professional membership bodies, including The Freelancer and Contractor Services Association, the Glass and Glazing Federation, and the Royal Town Planning Institute. He has also worked with and advised on operational and commercial strategy for a number of other membership bodies as well as holding commercial directorships in the charity, private and government sectors.

I am honoured to be appointed Chief Executive of the Cold Chain Federation, representing and supporting such a critical part of the supply chain at a time of significant industry change. The CCF has a talented team, a strong track record as a leader in sustainability, and it delivers an invaluable suite of services for our members. As we look to the UK cold chain’s challenges and opportunities of today and into the future, I am delighted to be leading the federation as we support and inspire our members to go from strength to strength

Cold Chain Federation Chief Executive
Phil Pluck

We are delighted to announce that Phil joins the Cold Chain Federation as Chief Executive today. Phil has extensive experience in leading membership organisations across a range of industries and I am looking forward to working with him as we build on the federation’s strong delivery and indispensable services for our members across the UK.

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Paul Bennell

To support a smooth transition, Shane Brennan remains with the federation for a short handover period before he takes up his new role at the Global Cold Chain Alliance at the end of the year.

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Construction started for Maersk’s new cold store in Rotterdam

To meet increased demand for storage in specific, low temperatures
With the official ground breaking Maersk has started the construction works for its new large cold store in Rotterdam (The Netherlands).  The specialized warehouse for temperature sensitive or frozen products like pharmaceuticals, fruits, meat or fish is located right next to the Maasvlakte II terminal operated by APM Terminals. Once operational in Q4 2024 the new facility will have the capacity of an annual flow throughput of more than 43,000 FFE (40 Feet Equivalent Units). This will make it a key component of Maersk’s integrated logistics offering for its customers across North-West Europe.
 
Increased demand for products which supply chains require storage in specific, low temperatures subsequently also creates demand for specialised logistics for transportation, but also for storage of perishables. The cold store in Rotterdam allows such goods to remain fresh and of highest quality for a longer time until they reach the end consumers. Apart from refrigerated container transportation, Maersk also offers refrigerated storage, extending the life cycle of perishables and allowing customers to better plan their supply chains.
 
The new refrigerated warehouse in Rotterdam is expected to significantly improve Maersk’s cold chain offering not only in the Netherlands, but more broadly across North-West European markets. Customers will gain access to a 40,000 m2 facility located right next to one of Europe’s most modern terminals at Maasvlakte II, operated by APM Terminals.
 
“This proximity to the terminal, but also to our new cross-dock facility in Rotterdam which will be operational in January 2024 allows us to offer simpler and more integrated supply chain solutions right at our logistics hub in Rotterdam. That was one of the main criteria for its location and we expect it to be a significant game changer for our cold chain customers as well.”
Michel Blonk
Regional Construction Project Manager for Europe
Facts about the cold storage warehouse:
  • Customs bonded facility
  • Positioned on a strategic location, adjacent to the APMT terminal ground
  • Commodities: Fruits, Frozen Fish & Proteins and Pharmaceuticals
  • Sustainable facility with BREEAM Excellent certification and renewable energy through solar panels
  • Inhouse veterinairy inspection point

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