Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Another Logistics Centre For International Freight Group

Joint Venture to Open Cargo Warehouse in Tokyo
Shipping News Feature

JAPAN – Following the formal opening of its new London Heathrow air freight HQ logistics group DB Schenker has extended its property portfolio with the acquisition of a ten year lease for a build-to-suit warehouse in the greater Tokyo area via its Japanese cooperative company Schenker-Seino Co Ltd. The new cargo centre is aimed primarily at customers in the electronics and consumer trades, particularly overseas groups looking to expand their Japanese operations.

In line with the Schenker DB2020 corporate policy the new facility will feature the newest environmental technologies and will provide substantial energy savings and the development is the first collaboration between Schenker-Seino Co Ltd and the Redwood Group, a team of logistics real estate professionals. The base area of the warehouse, which is scheduled to start operations in September 2013, is around 9,000 square metres. The total area of the four-storied building will be close to 33,000 square metres and it will boast thirty truck berths. With ample parking lots for staff and visitors it will be the largest of Schenker-Seino’s warehouses to date.

The site has been selected due to its convenient location in a high density logistics region between two of the most important airports in Japan, Narita and Haneda, and near the Tokyo port. This means easy access to both air and ocean freight routes and allows for on site Customs brokerage services. Herbert Wilhelm, President and CEO of Schenker-Seino Co., Ltd., has high hopes for the new building saying:

“This ultramodern and environmentally exemplary building will help us to remain one of the premier logistics services providers in Japan. We very much look forward to having this facility as an addition to our already existing logistics centres for the benefit of our customers.”

With the inherent earthquake problem an ever present factor in the country the new building will possess the highest standards of seismic engineering as well as its cutting edge environmental assets. Up to 30% energy savings will be realized through a photovoltaic power generation system consisting of 2,940 solar panels on the roof and exclusive LED lighting whilst rainwater will be collected and used meaning the warehouse is expected to achieve TAPA-A certification after completion.

Photo: An artists impression of the new building.