Royal Cargo expands cold chain business in Northern Luzon

Strategically located in Balatas Bypass Road, Barangay Bulihan, Plaridel, Bulacan, Royal Cargo North Hub, which houses a cold storage, a dry warehouse, a container freight station and yard, is positioned to provide efficient distribution channels in Mega Manila and North Luzon.

Leading end-to-end logistics solutions provider Royal Cargo, Inc. inaugurated its Cargo City North Hub in Bulacan this July. Part of the company’s expansion plan to provide efficient distribution channels in Northern Luzon, the hub is located along the Plaridel Bypass Road in Bulacan and is by far the company’s largest and most modern distribution hub.

The Cargo City North Hub spans 6.6 hectares, with a 12,760sqm cold chain facility, a 1.7 hectare container freight station, an 8,000sqm dry warehouse and its own wastewater treatment facility. The cold storage warehouse, considered the largest in the country, consists of 14 expansive temperature-controlled rooms, which have two blast-freezing rooms and an 800sqm food processing area, and 18 loading bays, including two halal loading bays.

The cold storage warehouse is supported by a large fleet of more than 300 units of 1 ton, 2 ton, 20-foot and 40-foot HC reefer vans equipped with generator sets specifically designed for Philippine requirements. The first and only self-contained facility in the country today, the warehouse has an extensive cold supply chain solutions portfolio that can handle the distribution requirements of chilled and frozen goods nationwide. With the Cargo City North Hub now in operation, Royal Cargo has in total four fully operational cold chain facilities, including two in Biñan, Laguna and one in Dasmariñas, Cavite.

Photo shows (L-R): Royal Cargo Group CEO Michael Raeuber, NEDA Director-General Ernesto Pernia, and Royal Cargo President Elmer Sarmiento during the Royal Cargo North Hub inauguration held recently, in Plaridel, Bulacan.

“The growing trend for food, beverage and social entertainment spending has brought tremendous opportunities to the cold chain industry. This Cargo City North Hub is our answer to the increasing demands in the food sector, particularly in Mega Manila, Northern and Central Luzon, Clark and Subic. We see better years ahead in the industry, and opening the North Hub is our way of gearing up to sustain our supply chain operations for the long term,” said Royal Cargo Group CEO Michael Raeuber.

With the opening of this Php2 billion state-of-the-art facility, Royal Cargo now operates a string of warehouses in major growth areas such Cavite, Laguna, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Bacolod, Cagayan, Mega Manila and now in Central and Northern Luzon.

Much like the company’s other facilities, the new hub also adheres to international green building standards. The warehouse was built using eco-friendly construction materials and has a solar panel-ready roof deck. The solar panels are scheduled to be installed by September this year.

“We are excited to jumpstart our operations here in our new Cargo City North Hub. The Philippines has a huge potential to become a major logistics hub by 2020. We believe that this new hub will take us one step closer to helping companies across the country achieve growth and expand to new markets such as the Asia-Pacific region,” said Royal Cargo President Elmer Sarmiento.

Royal Cargo’s next expansion efforts include the ground-breaking on its 3.6-hectare property in Cordova, Cebu, which has a 9,000sqm covered warehouse, and a 12-hectare South Luzon Hub. Growth hubs are likewise being planned in Davao, Iloilo and Bacolod.

In line with boosting its supply chain business, Royal Cargo now operates two CV 1100 vessels. The company bought more than 1,200 brand new container vans, ISO tanks and reefer containers. More acquisitions are in the pipeline this year.

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About Royal Cargo Philippines

Royal Cargo provides high-quality and cost-efficient specialized logistics solutions in the fields of International and Domestic Freight Forwarding, Supply Chain/Logistics, Projects and Heavylift, Business Process Outsourcing, Customs Brokerage, Liquid Transportation, Shipping Agencies and Trucking services, and logistics solutions for Clinical Research and Development – with owned equipment and facilities.

Royal Cargo’s head office is located in the Philippines. The company currently operates in 13 other countries: the United Kingdom, the United States, Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, China, Guam, Palau, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.

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