Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Road Haulage Service Will Challenge Air and Ocean Freight

New Intra Asian Route from Panalpina
Shipping News Feature

ASIA – Just a few days after introducing extensions to its LCL (less than container load) services between Europe and Asia, Panalpina has now come up with an intra continental road haulage option designed to compete with air and ocean freight regional services. The trucking operation will connect China (including Western China) with Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.

The new solution caters to both full-truck-load (FTL) and less-than-truck-load (LTL) shipments. It is a through container service, which means goods remain in the same sealed 40-foot or 45-foot container throughout the entire journey; only the trailers are exchanged. This concept makes the service interesting for high-end products. The door-to-door transit time is five to six days shorter than ocean freight, and the costs are 30% to 50% lower than air freight.

Plus, it is a more eco-friendly means of transportation than pure air freight. The daily LTL service from Shenzhen to Bangkok via Hanoi takes four days. Apart from coastal cities in China, Intra Asia road transport also directly connects Western China with Southeast Asia. Andreas Wolff, Area Trade Lane Development Manager Intra Asia at Panalpina said of the new route:

“The service covers a number of major cities in Western China such as Chengdu and Chongqing, where the entire market still struggles to find adequate capacity for air and ocean transport. Our trucking solution will come in very handy here.”

Colleague Stefan Gustafsson, District Manager Yangtze & Bohai Bay, Panalpina Greater China spoke of the need for security in the region adding:

“Security is one of the main concerns; all trucks are equipped with GPS devices, and CCTV systems are installed inside each container to survey the cargo, ensuring highest security standards. Considering that it is still a relatively fresh and new way for high-end transportation, we will further tailor the service to the customer and market requirements.”