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Ocean Freight: Panalpina launches three new direct services from Asia to Rotterdam


Panalpina, one of the world’s leading providers of supply chain solutions, today announced the launch of three new own operated direct Less than Container Load (LCL) services through its in-house carrier Pantainer Express Line. The new guaranteed weekly services, Shanghai to Rotterdam, Hong Kong to Rotterdam and Singapore to Rotterdam will further optimize the supply chain between Asia and Europe. Compared to previous routings the new services reduce transit times by two to four days and CO2 emissions by as much as 6.5%.

The three new guaranteed weekly services have been launched to meet increased customer demands and strengthen Panalpina’s position as one of the leading LCL service providers on the Asia to Europe trade. They also complement Panalpina’s existing services into Antwerp (Belgium), one of the group’s strategic LCL hub locations.

Reduction in transport time and CO2 emissions

Panalpina’s customers can expect their LCL shipments to arrive in Rotterdam (Netherlands) from Shanghai (China), Hong Kong (China) or Singapore within 26, 22 or 18 days respectively, with time savings of two to four days as cargo is shipped directly instead of being routed via the LCL hub in Antwerp. Compared to previous routings, CO2 emissions are reduced by 5.3% between Shanghai and Rotterdam, by 5.6% between Hong Kong and Rotterdam, and by 6.5% between Singapore and Rotterdam.

The new services are part of Panalpina’s 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. Carsten Meyer, Global Head of Ocean Freight LCL at Panalpina, says: “We are constantly expanding our own operated global LCL network through our in-house carrier Pantainer Express Line. The newly launched direct services to Rotterdam are only a few of many more to come.”

Increased flexibility, reliability and improved supply chain

Less than Container Load or LCL offers the possibility to consolidate multiple consignments from several customers in one Full Container Load (FCL). The Panalpina LCL product consists of numerous direct LCL services in combination with the global strategic LCL hub network. Panalpina provides customers seamless door-to-door services with the highest level of schedule integrity increasing the flexibility and reliability within the end-to-end supply chain.

The Panalpina Group
The Panalpina Group is one of the world’s leading providers of supply chain solutions, combining intercontinental Air and Ocean Freight with comprehensive Value-Added Logistics Services and Supply Chain Services. Thanks to its in-depth industry know-how and customized IT systems, Panalpina provides globally integrated end-to-end solutions tailored to its customers’ supply chain management needs. The Panalpina Group operates a global network with some 500 branches in more than 80 countries. In a further 80 countries, it cooperates closely with partner companies. Panalpina employs approximately 15,000 people worldwide.


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