Thursday, September 13, 2012

New Ocean Freight LCL Service Saves Time and CO2 Against Rail and Road Haulage

Former Inbound Routing both Slower and Less Green
Shipping News Feature

ASIA – EUROPE – In ocean freight news, freight forwarder and logistics company Panalpina announced this week that it has launched three new direct LCL services from Asia to Europe. Operated by in house subsidiary Pantainer Express Line, the weekly guaranteed services from Singapore to Prague, Singapore to Budapest, and Shanghai to Graz, Austria, cut transit times and CO2 emissions. Panalpina now offers a dozen LCL services from Mainland China, Hong Kong and Singapore into this region where formerly they ran via Hamburg by rail to Linz in Austria where the cargo was transhipped for carriage by road haulage. Panalpina Regional Head of Ocean Freight LCL Europe and Middle East Christian Kruse said:

“There is a growing demand in the automotive and high-tech industries for direct consolidation services from Asia into the Czech Republic, Hungary and Austria. In order to cut transit times and CO2 emissions we’ve decided to take the Linz stop out for these services and route cargo for Budapest and Graz via Koper, Slovenia’s port on the Adriatic Sea.”

Transit time for both Singapore to Prague and Singapore to Budapest is reduced by two days to 29 days. The journey from Shanghai to Graz now only takes 36 days instead of 41. Because of shorter distances and, for Prague and Budapest a shift from road to rail Panalpina says CO2 emissions for these services are reduced by 22% for Graz, 8% for Prague and 33% for Budapest.