Inside Logistics

Panalpina launches Asia to Rotterdam direct LCL services

New routes expected to cut transit times and emmissions


August 18, 2011
by MM&D staff

Supply chain solutions provider Panalpina has launched three new direct, less than container load (LCL) services through its in-house carrier Pantainer Express Line between Asia and Rotterdam. The new guaranteed weekly services are from Shanghai to Rotterdam, Hong Kong to Rotterdam and Singapore to Rotterdam. The new services reduce transit times by two to four days and CO2 emissions by as much as 6.5 percent, the company said.

Panalpina said its customers can expect their LCL shipments to arrive in Rotterdam from Shanghai, Hong Kong or Singapore within 26, 22 or 18 days respectively, with time savings of two to four days as cargo is shipped directly. Compared to previous routings, CO2 emissions are reduced by 5.3 percent between Shanghai and Rotterdam, by 5.6 percent between Hong Kong and Rotterdam, and 6.5 percent between Singapore and Rotterdam.

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

The three new guaranteed weekly services have been launched to meet increased customer demands, Panalpina said, noting the routes also complement its existing services into Antwerp (Belgium), one of the group’s LCL hub locations.