Katoen Natie has opened a 25,000 square meter (about 269,098 square foot) warehouse complex for the management of goods to be directed to Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States in Muuga Harbour in Estonia, marking the start of operations of Port of Tallinn Muuga industrial park.
The Muuga logistics center will become a gateway for goods exchange between Europe, Russia and the CIS, said Mart Melles, managing director of Katoen Natie Eesti, in a written statement. The Belgian logistics company plans to expand the logistics center gradually, more than doubling the warehouse area by the end of 2015, he added.
“For Muuga Harbour, the opening of the Katoen Natie’s logistics center means a huge step towards becoming a distribution hub on the Baltic Sea,” said Ain Kaljurand, chairman of the management board of Port of Tallinn. “Katoen Natie is the key client of the industrial park opened today, and its example will be followed by other logistics and production companies whose buildings will rise nearby in the nearest future.”
The new Katoen Natie’s logistics center will be used to transport several groups of goods in the Baltic Sea region, particularly cocoa products, consumer goods and plastic goods. In addition to the indoor storage areas, the construction of a 6,458 square foot office building and a railway section has been completed.
Katoen Natie has already started building the second 172,223 square foot warehouse, which will be finished this September. There are plans for the construction of another 269,098 square foot warehouse and 44 tanks for the handling of bulk plastic granules. After the completion of the second and third phases of construction in 2015, Katoen Natie’s total warehouse capacity will amount to 710,418 square feet, which will make it the largest logistics center in Estonia. The total cost of the project will reach €30 million (about US$38.6 million).