BLG LOGISTICS takes over shipping of van components to the US

Marc-Oliver Nandy, Director Global Supply Chain at Mercedes-Benz Vans, takes a selfie at the official launch of logistics processes in Düsseldorf for the supply of the US assembly plant. From left to right: Karsten Krüger and Matthias Klawitter, both BLG; and Hanna Seidel, Mercedes-Benz Vans. On the right: Hergen Tönnies and Christian Dieckhöfer, both BLG; with Christoph Oepen and Georgios Nikiforos, Mercedes-Benz Vans, and Fabian Sieweke, BLG.​

Recently, representatives of Mercedes-Benz Vans and BLG LOGISTICS together symbolically sealed the first container to be transported by BLG to the USA on behalf of the automotive manufacturer. In future, the seaport and logistics service provider will take over the logistics for supplying the Mercedes-Benz Vans assembly plant in Charleston, South Carolina (USA).

Christian Dieckhöfer, Managing Director of BLG LOGISTICS, underlined the good cooperation in the project: "In a very short time, the interdisciplinary team brought everything together and rolled out all the complex IT processes. So, just four months after order placement in September 2022, we started operations on January 2, 2023."

BLG is responsible for order processing and shipment of components from European suppliers as well as for bundling the goods and information flows at the Düsseldorf facility. The company operates its own goods management system with interfaces to Mercedes-Benz Vans, the customs authorities and shipping lines. This ensures smooth communication and process flows between the various participants along the whole supply chain.

Apart from physical handling, which includes repackaging and consolidation processes, crossdock and full-container loads as well as handling returnable packaging, the logistics company also manages container requirements, takes care of customs clearance and provides all partners in the transport chain with the necessary transport documents.

The facility in Düsseldorf is characterized by good transport connections, especially to the seaports of Rotterdam and Antwerp via the neighboring Rhine ports.

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