Nedlloyd to open service on mainland
THE Dutch Transport Minister, A Jorritsma, will inaugurate Nedlloyd Lines' China subsidiary during a visit to the mainland next month.
The shipping company received approval last week from China's Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Co-operation to set up the wholly owned subsidiary in Shanghai.
Duties of Nedlloyd Lines (China) will include cargo solicitation, issuance of bills of lading and collection of freight charges.
The Dutch company, one of the world's largest shipping companies, said it would set up offices in other parts of China through its Shanghai unit. Nedlloyd has representative offices in Beijing, Tianjin, Dalian, Nanjing and Shanghai, and agents in other major ports and cities in China.
'The new subsidiary will enable Nedlloyd to further improve services to Chinese customers,' the company said.
Nedlloyd's China operations are computerised for cargo booking, document processing, communications, marketing and management functions.
The Shanghai office which employs about 30 people will be on-line with Nedlloyd's worldwide computer network.
Nedlloyd offers shippers in Shanghai direct and connecting services to and from ports around the world.
For shipments to and from other Chinese ports, Nedlloyd provides direct connections to its network with its own feeder services between Hong Kong and Huangpu, Shekou, Fuzhou and Xiamen.
It also has connecting carrier agreements with third-party feeders covering other Chinese ports.
More direct services are planned to and from China in the future.
Nedlloyd has a fleet of 65 owned and chartered vessels that ship the company's 240,000 containers around the world.