“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.
Panalpina is one of the leading LCL service providers in the world. Less than Container Load or LCL offers the possibility to consolidate multiple consignments from several customers in one Full Container Load (FCL). Customers can ship low volumes without having to fill a full container first. Hence, LCL gives customers with lower volume shipments access to ocean freight economies of scale that normally are restricted to full container movements. Panalpina operates its own global LCL network consisting of numerous direct LCL services and strategically located hubs. The NVOCC (Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier) Pantainer Express Line, which is represented through its exclusive global agency network of Panalpina World Transport, offers LCL customers strategic connections and concerted rotations across the globe. Customers benefit from an optimized logistics spend, more flexibility and seamless door-to-door services with the highest level of schedule integrity and reliability in terms of transit times.