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Panalpina ready to handle perishables with Nairobi cold storage

PANALPINA has doubled its cold storage space at Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport after expanding the facility by 1,500 square metres to offer the airport's only dedicated loading bays for skidded or palletised cargo with temperature-controlled cold storage rooms

Panalpina ready to handle perishables with Nairobi cold storage

PANALPINA has doubled its cold storage space at Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport after expanding the facility by 1,500 square metres to offer the airport's only dedicated loading bays for skidded or palletised cargo with temperature-controlled cold storage rooms

05 December 2018 - 19:00

PANALPINA has doubled its cold storage space at Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport after expanding the facility by 1,500 square metres to offer the airport's only dedicated loading bays for skidded or palletised cargo with temperature-controlled cold storage rooms.

The expansion is intended to support the company's aggressive growth plans to raise flower, fruit and vegetable volumes to 80,000 tons by 2020, up from 65,000 tons at present, reported London's Air Cargo News.



'This facility will provide many business opportunities for our customers to pursue in [Kenya], the region and the world, and that is what we are looking to achieve - solutions that foster growth for our customers, Panalpina and the communities where we operate,' said CEO Stefan Karlen.



The company first started operations in Nairobi in 2015 with a team of five people, which soon grew to 200 with the acquisition of Airflo and later to 350 with that of Air Connection.



Thanks to its investments in the perishables sector, Kenyan products are becoming more prominent in mainly European markets as well as new markets, for example, in Asia Pacific.



The company's growth in perishables has also continued in other parts of Africa. This year saw the acquisition of Skyservices in South Africa, and FX Logistics, a new agent in Zimbabwe, also became a member of Panalpina's perishables network that spans 26 key countries worldwide.


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