Yusen Logistics is expanding its operations at the German inland port of Duisburg with the addition of 26,000 square metres across three facilities, in addition to its existing footprint of five warehouses. The additional capacity includes a 10,000-square-metre automotive crossdock that it said will enable consolidation and just-in-time delivery to car assembly plants across Europe for hundreds of tier suppliers.

The expansion also includes an additional 10,000 square metres of fully racked storage and 6,000 square metres of hazardous goods storage, which makes it the first Japanese logistics provider to operate an inhouse dangerous goods facility.

“The addition of these new facilities enables us to consolidate and grow our service offer, both within Germany and across Europe, in line with customer demand,” said Seiji Yuzen, managing director, Yusen Logistics (Deutschland). “It represents an important further step in our European development.”

Yusen has been operating at Duisburg since 1999 and has large-scale European distribution centres for both consumer goods and production parts manufacturers. Its total footprint there with the most recent additions amounts to 68,000 square metres. The complex of facilities provides a wide range of services for contract logistics customers, including bonded and non-bonded warehousing. It also provides pan-European distribution network services in partnership with its sister companies.

Duisburg is the world’s largest inland port and has nine container terminals with road, rail and barge links to gateway ports in Rotterdam and Antwerp.