Maersk merges forwarding operations
A.P. Moller-Maersk has merged two of its forwarding operations and will jointly market them under the under the Damco name.
Effective July 1, the company has combined Damco Sea and Air, the former forwarding arm of P&O Nedlloyd Ltd., with DSL Star Express, part of the Maersk Logistics group since 2001, under the common Damco banner.
Maersk said Damco traditionally has been strong in the Asia-to-Europe and transatlantic trades. In contrast, DSL has focused primarily on the transpacific eastbound trade.
In North America, the new organization will be called Damco USA and will be headed by Simon Preisler, vice president, international transport management North America. He is based in Madison, N.J.
The global organization is headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark is headed by Bo Andersen.
Maersk said the merger would “create a significantly larger and more capable global network, which will act as the forwarding arm of A.P. Moller Maersk around the globe.”
Damco will have 300 offices in 55 countries, and will offer freight forwarding, customs clearance, documentation and trucking for both air and ocean shipments.