Thursday, September 21, 2017

From Shipping Services into Australian Logistics for Freight Forwarding Group

New Premises Sees Change of Tack
Shipping News Feature
AUSTRALIA – GAC, the Dubai headquartered freight forwarding and shipping group, with roots in Sweden and Kuwait has been offering shipping services from all of Australia's ports for the past decade. Now however GAC Australia has moved into territory familiar to the group on other continents with the opening of its new consolidation warehouse in Perth, marking its first foray into the logistics business in the country.

The opening of the new warehouse is in response to growing demand for storage space and distribution services from a major client with operations in Western Australia. Located in the new Swan Brewery Estate at Canning Vale, about 20 kilometres away from Perth International Airport and Fremantle Port, the site enjoys easy access to key transportation links through the major road network.

The 800 m2 facility features a 5 metre square warehouse door with an 8.5 metre truss height that allows trailing equipment to reverse into the facility for loading and unloading. Arriving goods are consolidated and packed into pallets before being distributed to domestic and international locations. Scott Henderson, GAC Australia’s Managing Director, sees rising demand for warehousing and logistics services in the country as a result of its buoyant energy market and comments:

“Australia has significant quantities of discovered gas resources. In Western Australia alone, resource projects and infrastructure in the pipeline amount to billions of dollars. It is home to many local and international companies servicing the oil and gas, as well as mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sectors, presenting plenty of opportunities for project logistics and warehousing services providers.

“Having established a strong foothold in the country’s shipping sector, we are now ready to expand our portfolio to provide logistics services, and Western Australia is an ideal launch pad for our logistics operations. The ability to provide integrated shipping and logistics services will allow us to serve our customers better.”

Photo: The new premises