Friday, December 13, 2013

New Less than Container Load Shipping Service is First Freight Venture of its Kind

Two Agents Partner Up to Launch Intercontinental Consolidation
Shipping News Feature

NETHERLANDS – FIJI – Setting up a full container load (FCL) ocean shipping service is a comparatively simple operation provided the line has sufficient traffic for a port call, but the arrangements required to ensure the success of a reliable groupage consolidation or less container load (LCL) routing often include a leap of faith on behalf of the arranging agent, not to say the extra risks which accompany anything that lacks the economies of scale which exist on the more popular routes.

Now two of the seventy four members of the Famous Pacific Shipping (FPS) collaboration, which includes agents in over fifty countries, have started a joint venture to start the first ever direct ocean LCL service between northern Europe and Fiji. The new service, operating on weekly CMA CGM sailings from Rotterdam to Suva, will slash transit times from 55-60 days to just 36, while eliminating problems commonly experienced with LCL transhipments. The service is fully monitored whilst customers will be able to track their shipments online through the FPS tracking portal. Pravin Dutt, Famous Pacific Shipping’s Director – Fiji Islands, commented:

“Many LCL shipments trot the globe prior to arriving in Fiji, this new service provides a direct alternative that is faster and safer. We are using the FPS Rotterdam station to consolidate the LCL cargoes, and they are then loaded onto the CMA-CGM service operating direct into Suva. At 36 days, the transit time is the shortest ever offered; routing cargoes via ports such as Singapore can take up to 60 days.

“This is an enhanced service for those many consignees in Fiji who have been struggling to locate freight sent by suppliers using a forwarder at origin with no track and trace facility. Department store chains here have also faced pillages of cargoes during transhipment, and this problem is now eliminated.”

Those retail outlets are one of the key areas which the partners believe will make the successful with high-value goods such as perfumes, cosmetics, liquor, and hotel supplies targeted along with moving machinery spares and general cargoes. For added speed and security at arrival, the FPS container freight station is monitored by CCTV, and all documents are processed and submitted to Customs electronically. FPS also has on-site Fiji Customs and bio security officers.