The company is aiming for an annual capacity of at least 100,000 tonnes of seafood.
“We plan to build a new terminal at Gardermoen. Why Gardermoen? Because it is the most important hub for air freight in the Nordic region,” Schenker’s Knut Eriksmoen said.
“And the reason is you: Air freight of seafood, and especially salmon,” Eriksmoen said, addressing an assembly of players in export and logistics at a seminar at the seafood fair in Barcelona.
“We want to invite the market players to a dialogue,” he said, discussing the construction plans for the “Nordic hub”.
“What we intend to do at Schenker is to build a large terminal for imports – to be able to handle more exports. The idea is to facilitate cost-effective air freight – and bring added value into the seafood logistics,” Eriksmoen continued.
The terminal will be rigged to handle large parts of Norway’s overseas exports of fresh seafood.
“We aim for 100,000 tonnes a year. We probably think the building will be able to handle more, but that’s what we are building for. A truck in a queue costs you an enormous amount,” he said.
Efficient unloading systems are central to the plans.
“We will invest in a dedicated facility for seafood and ordinary cargo or dry cargo. We will invest in tech to simplify the solutions from the time the fish is delivered until it has been transported away,” he said, adding that there will be a cooling freezer and a dry cargo facility in the area.
“We want to offer a better quality of the entire value chain – and facilitate more “one stop shopping”, Eriksmoen said.
“When are we going to build it?” he questioned, before answering himself: “We will actually build it as soon as possible. As soon as our construction options are ready, we will build it. We have been working on the project for two years. It has been a “bumpy ride”, but we will invest 180 million kroner (€18.3 million). We do not know the exact date for when we will put the shovel in the ground, but our goal is that the building will be completed next year.”