Colombia: Panalpina opens first ocean freight hub operation

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Panalpina brings to the market another industry first with the Less than Container Load (LCL) Ocean Freight hub in Cartagena, Colombia, which connects services in Europe, Asia and Latin America with Central America and the Caribbean. Operated entirely by Panalpina, this new development offers customers more than 30 new LCL services, reduced transit times and greater coverage.

Adding the Colombia hub to its global LCL network infrastructure creates a unique offering in the market and further strengthens Panalpina’s position as one of the leading LCL service providers in Latin America, which has long been a focus area for the global freight forwarder.

“According to global economic projections, growth is expected to reach 1.7 percent in 2018 and 2.3 percent in 2019 in Latin America and the Caribbean,” says Clas Thorell, Panalpina’s global head of Ocean Freight LCL. “We want to be part of the future of this emerging market by offering financially viable solutions to customers who source or distribute in these markets.” The Colombia hub offers 20 inbound connections and 18 outbound connections through Pantainer Express Line, allowing smaller shipments to move by ocean with consistent and regular departures.

Stefan Karlen, Panalpina CEO adds: “This is a long-term investment in the global supply chain that we believe will be beneficial for our customers and Panalpina, today and well into the future. Now, our Colombia hub reduces transhipment time and allows faster access to markets. The future opportunities it opens up are real possibilities for our customers to pursue investments in the region and that is what we are looking to achieve – solutions that foster growth for Panalpina, our customers and the communities where we operate.”

Colombia hub services

Panalpina’s inbound services operate weekly into the Port of Cartagena from Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain in Europe; Miami and New York in the United States; Altamira and Veracruz in Mexico; Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua in Central America; the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean; Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Peruin South America; and South Korea in Asia.

Outbound services operate weekly from the Port of Cartagena to the Netherlands in Europe; New York in the United States; Veracruz in Mexico; Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama in Central America; Curacao, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, as well as Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean; Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Peru in South America; and South Korea in Asia.

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