Krishnapatnam (AP), Aug 29: Krishnapatnam Port today said it has launched a weekly mainline service, to be operated by Maersk Line in partnership with Hanjin Shipping of Korea, from China to Krishnapatnam Port.
The facility will provide the fastest and most competitive service to the exporters and importers of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka and Northern Tamil Nadu to the ports of China, Far East Asia and South East Asia, a press release stated.
The current transit time for bulk cargo like furniture, office and hotel interiors, which take 40-45 days to reach the consignee will be straightway halved with the launch of the new service through Krishnapatnam Port Container Terminal, it said.
The weekly mainline service was inaugurated by Franck Dedenis, MD, Maersk Line, along with Anil Yendluri, Director and CEO, Krishnapatnam Port. Yendluri said Andhra Pradesh, Bengaluru and Hyderabad attract a huge volume of container cargo from China and that Krishnapatnam Port, owing to its strategic location and being a new age port, is an ideal gateway for such shipments.
"Suppliers in China are keen to use our port as a gateway for their current shipments as it is well poised to provide a very compelling and cost efficient route for the traders based on the Southern periphery of the country," Yendluri said.
The service has been commenced in response to a strong representation from exporters of cotton, minerals, chilies, granite etc. to eastern destinations, with the service calls directed at the ports of Shanghai, Qingdao, Nansha, Xingagang, Busan and Singapore, according to the release.