Panalpina launched two less-than-container-load services as demand starts to increase for end-to-end services. One will run from Ningbo, China, to Wroclaw, Poland, and the other will run every week from Antwerp, Belgium, to Houston, Texas.
The Antwerp to Houston service provides weekly guaranteed sailings based on Panalpina’s long-time partner NYK Line. Shipments from Benelux, France and Switzerland are consolidated in Panalpina’s strategic LCL ocean hub in Antwerp serving Houston, Dallas, El Paso, Laredo, McAllen, New Orleans and Tulsa in the southern United States. Transit time from port to port is 18 days. “This service is particularly important for customers from the oil and gas segment. In addition, it provides a valuable in-network connection for cross-border shipments into Mexico,” said Ragnar Dalen, who is responsible for product and procurement ocean LCL, North America.
Also based on NYK Line, Panalpina introduced its second newly guaranteed LCL service on the Far East Westbound trade lane connecting Ningbo with Wroclaw in Poland with a through transit time of 26 days. Panalpina expects considerable growth in Poland in the hi-tech sector and is reviewing plans for additional services from Asia-Pacific to Wroclaw.
“Contrary to the overall market development, the demand for additional in-network LCL ocean freight services continued to grow throughout 2009 as the customer focus on safe solutions from door-to-door provided and controlled by one party remained high,” said Peter Herling, Panalpina’s global head of product & procurement ocean LCL.