German logistics provider DB Schenker has announced an upgrade in its North African operations, to better facilitate logistics networks between Europe and Morocco.
The group has invested in improvements at its branches in Tangier and Casablanca, through the national company Schenker Maroc, which will oversee daily operations with the company’s European terminals.
Tangier, which lies to the north of the country, and the much-larger Casablanca in the west, will connect to Spain, France, Germany and Italy.
Karl Nutzinger, a member of the board of management for Schenker AG, and responsible for land transport, stressed the importance of efficient connections between the two continents. He commented: “As the gate of Africa, Morocco offers a very strong strategic position for the African transportation market. The high quality standard of our arm in Morocco enables us to offer customers services under well-known high quality and security level.”
In addition, the Casablanca facility has been awarded the TAPA FSR theft security certificate, which means that OEMs may be more inclined to use DB Schenker’s services when delivering high-value products.
The Casablanca terminal has a bonded warehouse of 4,800 square meters, purpose-built for value added logistics services and cross-dock activities.
North Africa has seen growth in its automotive trade and logistics business in recent years. Renault has a large factory close to Tangier, and a smaller factory in Casablanca.