Basel, December 5, 2011 - Panalpina, one of the world’s leading providers of supply chain solutions, today announced the launch of two new own operated direct Less than Container Load (LCL) services through its in-house carrier Pantainer Express Line. The new guaranteed weekly services are from Keelung (Taiwan) and Busan (South Korea) to Wroclaw (Poland). The new services reduce transit times by two days and CO2 emissions by as much as 6.9%.
Wroclaw’s geographical position and its developed road infrastructure make Poland’s fourth biggest city a strategic location for optimal access to Lower and Upper Silesia, which are the most advanced industrial regions in Poland. The two new guaranteed weekly services have been launched to meet increased customer demands, especially in the automotive, high-tech and telecom sectors.
Time savings of two days
Panalpina’s customers can expect their LCL shipments to arrive in Wroclaw from Keelung or Busan within 32 or 38 days respectively, with time savings of two days as transshipment of cargo is avoided at the LCL hub in Hamburg. Compared to previous routings, CO2 emissions are reduced by 6.9% between Keelung and Wroclaw and by 6.4% between Busan and Wroclaw.
The new 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. Carsten Meyer, Global Head of Ocean Freight LCL, says: "With these two new services to Wroclaw we are enhancing our existing product portfolio for the Polish market remarkably. The new services also strengthen our position as one of the leading LCL service providers on the Asia to Europe trade." Panalpina has already been offering direct LCL services to Poland from Shanghai, Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Ningbo.
Increased flexibility, reliability and improved supply chain
Less than Container Load or LCL offers the possibility to consolidate multiple consignments from several customers in one Full Container Load (FCL). The Panalpina LCL product consists of numerous direct LCL services in combination with its global strategic LCL hub network. Panalpina provides customers seamless door-to-door services with the highest level of schedule integrity increasing the flexibility and reliability within the end-to-end supply chain.
The Panalpina Group
The Panalpina Group is one of the world's leading providers of supply chain solutions, combining intercontinental Air and Ocean Freight with comprehensive Value-Added Logistics Services and Supply Chain Services. Thanks to its in-depth industry know-how and customized IT systems, Panalpina provides globally integrated end-to-end solutions tailored to its customers' supply chain management needs. The Panalpina Group operates a global network with some 500 branches in more than 80 countries. In a further 80 countries, it cooperates closely with partner companies. Panalpina employs approximately 15,000 people worldwide.