Tuesday, April 3, 2012

New LCL Freight Groupage Forwarding Service Set Up

FPS Member Starts Hong Kong - Hawaii Consolidation Link
Shipping News Feature

HONG KONG – HAWAII - FPS Hong Kong, one of the founder members of the Famous Pacific Shipping Group forwarding and logistics cooperative network, is launching a new direct ocean LCL (less than container load) freight groupage service to Honolulu, Hawaii in a move it calculates will cut traditional costs and shipping transit times.

The new service will commence in late April, and initially offer fortnightly sailings. It will cut transit times currently offered by lines by up to five days. All general cargoes will be accepted on the service, but hazardous goods are excluded.

Thought to be the first groupage service on the trade offered by an NVOCC, its rates will show a substantial reduction on current liner groupage rates, and will include operational costs in Hong Kong and AMS (Automated Manifest System) charges for those shipments being transhipped via Hong Kong, but exclude DTHC (Destination Terminal Handling Charges). Freight collect shipments will be accepted.

FPS Hong Kong’s Director, Benny Ling believes Hong Kong’s key position as a regional transhipment hub will ensure the success of the move and says FPS’s handling agent in Honolulu will provide arrival alerts for all consignments commenting:

“We believe FPS is the first NVOCC to offer this service in Asia. Once it is established, we hope to increase its frequency to weekly. We want to ensure that customers receive the very best possible service. We expect a strong uptake not just from Hong Kong, but also from China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and the rest of southeast Asia and the West Pacific.”