BMW to build North American DC in Baltimore

BALTIMORE, MD — BMW of North America will open a vehicle distribution centre at Tradeppoint Atlantic’s 3,300-acre, multimodal global logistics centre in Baltimore, Maryland.

BMW will open the centre there to meet growing demand for BMW and MINI vehicles. The 35-acre site will include a new purpose-built 75,000sq-ft building at 6050 Shipyard Road, in Sparrows Point, MD which nearly doubles the size of the company’s previous location on Broening Highway. The location is expected to open in September and will serve as an import and distribution hub for BMW and MINI vehicles arriving from Europe and Mexico.

“This new, larger, vehicle distribution center will enable us to improve the time it takes to process and distribute imported vehicles to dealers, and ultimately shorten delivery times, supporting our goal to provide the best customer experience,” said Claus Eberhart, vice-president, after sales, BMW of North America.

The new BMW distribution centre will be able to process up to100,000 BMW and MINI vehicles annually, as market demand requires. In addition to receiving imported vehicles and serving as a distribution hub, the site will do vehicle inspections, repairs (mechanical, paint and body), accessory installations, vehicle programming and vehicle maintenance.

The Tradepoint Atlantic Terminal location provides several logistical advantages, access to deep water berths, and proximity to rail and highway transportation, the company said. The facility will be built on the site of a repurposed integrated steel mill and include an active recycling and waste management program, which both aligns with BMW Group’s ongoing commitment to sustainability and further contributes to local sustainability.

“BMW has an incredible record of operating in Maryland and Tradepoint Atlantic is proud to play an integral role in their expansion within the Port of Baltimore,” said Kerry Doyle, managing director for Tradepoint Atlantic. “Our global logistics facility was purpose-built to accommodate this exact kind of business and industry and we know this vehicle distribution centre will result in significant supply chain advantages for BMW. The combination of BMW’s world-class brand and Tradepoint Atlantic’s connectivity to key east coast markets is a perfect match. We celebrate and welcome BMW and look forward to many years of growth.”

Construction on the facility is underway and expected to wrap up in September. The work will include a ground-up re-imaging of the space resulting in a processing centre built to BMW’s specifications.