Panalpina Starts New Direct LCL Services From Asia To Europe
By Anuja Abraham
Panalpina has launched three new direct Less than Container Load (LCL) services from Asia to Europe. Operated by Pantainer Express Line, the weekly guaranteed services from Singapore to Prague (Czech Republic), Singapore to Budapest (Hungary) and Shanghai to Graz (Austria) cut transit times and CO2 emissions.
“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,” says Christian Kruse, Regional Head of Ocean Freight LCL Europe and Middle East. Panalpina offers a dozen LCL services from Mainland China, Hong Kong and Singapore into these countries. Singapore to Prague, Singapore to Budapest and Shanghai to Graz used to run via Hamburg by rail to Linz in Austria where the cargo was loaded onto trucks. “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,” explains Kruse.
The new weekly guaranteed services are operated by Pantainer Express Line. 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, CO2 emissions for these services are reduced by 22% for Graz, 8% for Prague and 33% for Budapest.