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DAMCO launches Cargo Rescue Programme to support US customers through COVID-19 disruption

DAMCO launches Cargo Rescue Programme to support US customers through COVID-19 disruption
DAMCO has been working with customers to move medical supplies in the fight against COVID-19

DAMCO has launched a new Cargo Rescue Programme in the US with two service offerings to help ease supply chain congestion caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new programme includes a ‘Park and Save’ option for customers who need short-term assistance when supply chains are congested as well as a ‘Strip and Store’ option for cargo without a functional receiving location.

Newly appointed head of Americas Mike Meierkort said: “DAMCO has a clear focus on delivering excellent freight forwarding solutions, which is providing invaluable as we work to find new ways to keep the supply chain moving.”

Under its ‘Park and Save’ offering, DAMCO will pre-pull laden customs-cleared containers and store containers and chassis intact in a secure location to be delivered when the customer is ready.

‘Ship and Store’ customers have the option for DAMCO to de-van and store palletised freight so that empty equipment can be returned, thus stopping the clock on detention and chassis fees.

DAMCO chief executive officer Saskia Groen-in’t-Woud said: “The new recovery programme is the result of agile thinking supported by the investment we have made over the last 18 months into building a robust Business Resilience programme, which supports us as we keep our cargo moving, as well as making sure our people are safe.”

The company has been working with customers to move medical supplies in the fight against COVID-19, organising multiple charters between Asia, and Europe and the US.

Recently DAMCO moved 7.8m face masks from Shanghai, China to Los Angeles, US.

Overseeing the launch of the new rescue programme, Meierkort has over 32 years’ experience in logistics, including senior roles with Panalpina, Vanguard Logistics and, most recently, Livingston International.