SACO Shipping expands service portfolio to connect regional and international markets
Company, which connects markets by land, sea and air is strengthening its footprint on the mainland by expanding its service portfolio
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Recognising China’s role as an important trade route bridging the east and the west, Hamburg-based SACO Shipping strengthens its footprint on the mainland by expanding its service portfolio. The company pioneered the establishment of a direct sea route from Hamburg to Shanghai, and set another record as the first non-vessel operating common carrier to offer a strictly neutral less-than-container load (LCL) premium rail service to the freight forward industry.
In addition to existing direct services from Europe to China and from China to Europe, the company launched LCL direct services last year, which include Ningbo to Bremen, Bratislava and Vienna and Shenzhen and Hong Kong to Bratislava and Vienna. Also last year, it launched new LCL rail services between Hamburg-Bremen and Suzhou, and from Shanghai-Suzhou and Shenyang to Hamburg.
“Rail transport is an alternative worth looking at – it has a shorter lead time compared to sea freight, and it costs 60 per cent less than air freight, with a guaranteed weekly departure,” says general manager Michael Kreutz.
SACO Shipping provides pre-carriages throughout Europe and on-carriages to China, including door-to-door delivery and cross-border services. It is also a neutral partner for worldwide import and export in the full container load segment. The company’s state-of-the-art technology allows for online tracking and tracing of cargos, and global positioning system monitoring for high-value goods.
Connecting markets by land, sea and air, SACO Shipping nurtures long-term relationships with its global network of agents. It serves directly around 180 ports worldwide, and 400 further destinations in transhipment. In Asia, the company has agencies in Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan, Hong Kong and mainland China, and has business partners in Cambodia and Myanmar.
“Working with the best partners in nearly every country allows us to serve clients closely wherever they may need our services,” Kreutz says. Tapping into new markets, the company is acquiring offices worldwide and eyes expanding its railway offerings in the region.