Sunday 25th Sep 2016 - Logistics Manager

U-Freight opens controlled atmosphere warehouse in Shanghai

U-Freight, the international freight forwarding and logistics services group, has developed a new temperature and humidity-controlled warehouse facility in Shanghai.

Located within U-Freight’s existing hub, which is near to the freight terminal at Shanghai’s Hongqiao airport, the new facility encompasses a total area of 21,000 sq ft. It comprises three individual units within one overall warehouse which can be modified to individual customer requirements. With two cargo lifts and enough racking for the storage of 840 pallets, the facility can maintain ambient temperatures between 22 and 24 degrees C; and relative humidity between 45 and 70 per cent.

In addition, the new facility boasts a cold store capable of maintaining cargoes at temperatures between -5 and +5 degrees C. This is ideal for customers from the electronics industries which have epoxy and moulding compounds that need to be stored in these conditions prior to their use in the production of electronic components.

The facility has a state-of-the-art Electrostatic Discharge Protection (ESD) repacking room, which is also very useful for U-Freight’s extensive client base within the electronics industry. Some of these customers require U-Freight to provide repacking services and these must be carried out under ESD conditions in order to maintain the quality of the components during the repacking process.

Within the new facility, U-Freight’s proprietary Warehouse Operating System (WOS) is also operational, giving customers total supply chain visibility and inventory management.

Simon Wong, U-Freight chief executive officer: “Multi-functional atmosphere-controlled warehouses like ours are not commonly found in China, so this is an unusual option for our customers in this marketplace.

“Not only does this new facility add further value to our full range of freight forwarding and logistics services, it is an important development for shippers moving cargoes that are dependent on the regulation and maintenance of ambient temperature and control of atmospheric conditions, including hi-tech electronic components.”