Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Global Freight Forwarding and Logistics Group Opens Up New LCL Services

Expansion of Network Continues for Swiss Based Group
Shipping News Feature
WORLDWIDE – Swiss based freight forwarding and logistics group Panalpina has expanded its LCL offerings, increasing the frequency of sailings from Shanghai to Singapore to four times a week, as well as the addition of two new exclusive services from Egypt to Singapore and from India to home ground in Switzerland via Italy.

The Shanghai to Singapore service is geared towards the technology industry, and with its short lead times of just seven days from port to port, and Panalpina says the ‘unparalleled high frequency’ that this service provides, it therefore offers a strong alternative to air freight.

The launch of a weekly service from Alexandria, Egypt to Singapore follows Panalpina’s acquisition in 2015 of its former agent Afifi in Egypt. This service connects Panalpina’s local and international customers in Egypt to the company’s LCL network via the Singapore hub, thereby opening up markets in Asia and beyond.

The third LCL offering recently launched by Panalpina, consists of a weekly service from Nhava Sheva, India to Basel, Switzerland via Italy. It is the only direct service to Switzerland in the market that enters Europe through a southern port. Traditionally, LCL shipments from the west coast of India to Switzerland are routed through the ports in the Hamburg-Antwerp vicinity, but with this new service consolidated containers move from the Port of La Spezia in Italy by railway to Basel. As a result, transit time is cut by ten days and CO2 emissions reduced by up to 27%. Clas Thorell, Global Head of Ocean Freight LCL at Panalpina, said:

“The journey between container freight stations now takes 22 instead of 32 days. That is simply not possible when entering Europe through one of the northern ports. Depending on the cargo, the new southern route may also prove to be a cost-effective alternative to air freight.”

Panalpina says it continuously aims to expand and optimise its global LCL network, and in 2015, 20 additional services focused on Intra Asia, Asia to US and Latin America to Europe were launched. The group today offers approximately 500 LCL services in total.