Monday, May 17, 2010

FPS Expand LCL and FCL Freight Services Into The Pacific Islands

US Military Presence Promotes Growth of Shipping Routes
Shipping News Feature

NEW ZEALAND – PACIFIC ISLANDS – Famous Pacific Shipping (FPS), a grouping of seventy or so freight agencies based in fifty four countries world wide, tell us they have intensified their coverage in the region with the launch of a new regular direct ocean freight consolidation service to a range of Micronesian destinations, as well as Guam and the Marshall Islands.

FPS NZ is based in Auckland, but also has offices in Christchurch and in the Fiji Islands ports of Suva and Lautoka and Marcus Goldsworthy, FPS (NZ) managing director is of the opinion there has been a shortage of direct shipping services from any New Zealand port to Micronesian destinations.

“Importers in the region are looking to source growing volumes of material from New Zealand - from building products through to New Zealand wines. We expect that as a reliable service now exists, trade will follow,” he said, “We are working with Reef Shipping, which operates scheduled services from New Zealand and Australia to the majority of the Pacific Island nations and is the sole service provider to some key ports, including Niue, Aitutaki and Vavau. Reef also offers an FCL transhipment service from Asia into the Pacific Islands. The great benefit that Reef Shipping has offered us is direct transit: previously our cargo had to transit over South Korea, Hong Kong or Singapore, adding weeks to a very long and inconsistent supply chain.”

All LCL cargo will be consolidated at FPS’s facility in Auckland. Against a background of growing trade between New Zealand and Micronesia, FPS NZ’s new service will operate every 18 days from Auckland with a three-week transit time to Majuro, Micronesia, and four weeks to Guam, which is a key destination and the largest market in the Islands, principally due to the growing presence of US military interests.

In recent years New Zealand's trade with the Pacific Islands has shown a steady increase. Meat, dairy products, and other foodstuffs, which New Zealand has been exporting to the Pacific Islands since before the turn of the 20th century, have played an important part in building up trade, but of late increasing interest is also being shown in manufactured goods. Destinations in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) include: Saipan, Palau, Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei and Kosrae. Transit times to these ports are to be confirmed.

Photo: Central Market Lautoka