New Asia-EU direct container line bypassing container majors
Container ship SONGA CHEETAH arrived at Chittagong, Bangladesh, on Feb 5, from Civitavecchia, Italy, her call being the official launch of a new, direct container service between Bangladesh and Italy. RifLine Worldwide Logistics, a freight forwarder based in Rome, Italy, initiated the creation of new service, providing via its sister shipping company, Kalypso Compagnia di Navigazione SPA, Italy, two feeder-type container ships, for starters. If first trips are success, more ships are to follow, expanding service geography. Presently, goods exported from Bangladesh are transshipped via four hubs: Colombo, Singapore, Tanjung Pelepas and Port Klang. One of Bangladesh main export items are garments, produced in Bangladesh. Direct line will benefit each involved party, and – last but not least – this service will be cheaper and more reliable, than major container services, releasing the participants from the unreliable and insanely costly services of major container companies.
Hopefully, a new service will be a success, an example to be followed by other nations in South East Asia, presently suffering from artificial container crisis and container majors' tyranny.
SONGA CHEETAH brought from Italy 945 empty TEUs and 7 TEUs with raw materials for garment factories. The ship is to be loaded with 1,100 TEUs of export goods, mostly readymade garments, destined for Italy/EU.
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