MAERSK has inaugurated a new strategic air cargo hub in the United States, expanding the company’s air freight services.

The new freight gateway in Atlanta is intended as a forward staging facility for Maersk’s own controlled flight operations from Greenville, South Carolina.

Maersk introduced new air freight services in April this year that would connect the USA with the Asia Pacific region (via Greenville). It deployed its newly acquired Maersk Air Cargo Boeing 767-300 freighters on the service.

John Wetherell, Maersk’s regional head of air freight for North Amercia, said the company is growing its air freight services with the strategic transportation hub.

“Our Atlanta facility enhances our offering, providing customers with superior supply chain flexibility supported by our expanded regional capabilities in warehousing and transportation,” he said.

“We will be able to leverage this connectivity to bolster our air freight network across North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the world.”

The new 123,000-square-foot air freight gateway is located near Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, in Atlanta Tradeport’s Foreign Trade Zone.

Maersk said the new cargo facility has lower duties, reduced processing fees and quicker movement of goods from the port of Savannah.

It has 39 dock doors, two oversized drive-up ramps, and is a Bonded Container Freight Station with US Customs.

The facility also operates as a US Transportation Security Administration certified cargo screening facility, which enables priority handling of both import and export airline unit load device transfers.