Maersk Line (India & Sri Lanka cluster) has announced that its Chennai Express service which connects the Far East to the South and East of India will now add Kattupalli port in Tamil Nadu in its rotation.
The first official call to this port was made on 16th December, 2014. The calls will be fortnightly and will serve as an additional option for Auto and Electronics import customers and the diverse export businesses based out of the South of India. This service enhancement comes at a time when there is an increased emphasis on improving regional trade, especially with the Far East Asian markets.
Mr. Franck Dedenis, Managing Director for Maersk (India and Sri Lanka), said, “Our decision to call on Kattupalli port reiterates Maersk’s commitment to bringing tremendous value to customers. We are expecting a surge in trade through Kattupalli as it is fast becoming the preferred port by businesses in close catchment areas. Also this addition comes at a good time given the recent increased engagement between the Indian government and the counterparts in the Far East, under the Act East policy.” Maersk Line believes that advantages like reduced transportation time to the port as well as the catering CFSs, quicker turnaround of trailers at the port, better road connectivity via the national highways will help in increasing proximity with the customers, reduce their lead times and make logistics operations more cost effective for customers. This has been the company’s core motivation for investing in an additional port call on the Chennai Express.
Chennai Express Rotation
Qingdao – Xingang – Busan – Shanghai – Nansha – Tanjung Pelepas – Chennai – Krishnapatnam* – Kattupalli* – Visakhapatnam – Tanjung Pelepas