Panalpina Adds New LCL Services From Japan To Singapore
By Pritha Dey
Panalpina announced on July 10, 2012, the launch of three new direct less than container load (LCL) services from Japan to Singapore, the world’s second largest container port.
The new guaranteed weekly services from Kobe, Nagoya and Tokyo are operated by Panalpina’s in-house carrier Pantainer Express Line. The new services into Singapore seamlessly connect Japan to Panalpina’s global LCL network.
The new ocean freight consolidation services on Japan’s south coast serve exports out of the three regions Kansai (Kobe as well as Osaka and Kyoto), Chūbu (Nagoya) and Kantō (Tokyo including Yokohama and Kawasaki). In terms of TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units), Japan’s exports are mostly driven by the automotive (26 percent), chemicals (19 percent) and manufacturing (18 percent) industries.(1) The port of Nagoya has become one of the country’s most important economic drivers. The headquarters of notable international corporations of the automotive, high tech, ceramic and construction industries are located here.
“With our improved, own operated service offering via Singapore, we can now offer our customers in Japan a seamless connection to our global LCL network. Access to end-to-end solutions and the global market, especially the main markets in Europe, the east coast of Latin America, Asia and Africa is greatly simplified,” said Frank Hercksen, Global Head of Ocean Freight at Panalpina.
The additional LCL 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.
(1) Source: Seabury Global Ocean Database, 2011