Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Freight Forwarder and 3PL Group Launches New LCL Services

Further Asian Direct Service Expansion for Panalpina
Shipping News Feature

SWITZERLAND – JAPAN – SINGAPORE – Freight forwarder and third party logistics provider Panalpina today announced the launch of three new direct Less than Container Load (LCL) services from Japan to the world’s second largest container port, Singapore. The new guaranteed weekly services from Kobe, Nagoya and Tokyo are operated by the 3PL’s in-house carrier Pantainer Express Line with the intention of connecting with Panalpina’s global LCL network.

The new ocean freight consolidation services on Japan’s south coast serve exports out of the three regions Kansai (Kobe as well as Osaka and Kyoto), Chūbu (Nagoya) and Kantō (Tokyo including Yokohama and Kawasaki). In terms of TEU’s (twenty-foot equivalent units), Japan’s exports are mostly driven by the automotive (26%), chemicals (19%) and manufacturing (18%) industries. The port of Nagoya has become one of the country’s most important economic drivers with headquarters of notable international corporations of the automotive, high tech, ceramic and construction industries being located there.

Singapore is Panalpina’s most important ocean freight hub for connecting Asia to the rest of the world and Panalpina’s announcement follows on the heels of a new record month for the port of Singapore. In May, its volumes reached 2.8 million TEU’s, surpassing the previous May record in 2008 by 6%, whilst compared to last May cargo volumes were up 9%. Frank Hercksen, Global Head of Ocean Freight at Panalpina, commented:

“With our improved, own operated service offering via Singapore, we can now offer our customers in Japan a seamless connection to our global LCL network. Access to end-to-end solutions and the global market, especially the main markets in Europe, the east coast of Latin America, Asia and Africa is greatly simplified.”

Panalpina says the additional LCL services are part of a long term strategy to grow business on key Asia trade lanes, especially on the Far East Westbound, Transpacific Eastbound, Intra Asia, Asia to Latin America and Asia to Middle East trade. The majority of the more than 50 new LCL services launched in 2011 through Panalpina’s in-house carrier Pantainer Express Line involved Asia.

Last September, Panalpina announced the launch of three new Singapore inbound LCL services from Haiphong (Vietnam), Phnom Penh (Cambodia) and Cebu (Philippines)and just this month the group announced the development of several new Logistics Competence Centres to enrich its customer support.