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AAL eyes further network expansion with appointment of merchant shipping as commercial representative in India

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SINGAPORE : Singapore-based AAL Shipping has appointed Mumbai-based shipping company, Merchant Shipping Services, as its exclusive commercial representative in India.

The appointment of Merchant Shipping Services, according to AAL, will support its expanding Europe-Middle East/India-Asia monthly liner service (EUMEIA) as well as regular trade lanes that connect India with the rest of the world.

Merchant Shipping Services, managed by a team of shipping professionals with a strong focus on global trade, provides multipurpose and heavy lift cargo operations through a network of offices covering over 80 port and inland container depots across the region.

“Merchant Shipping has an excellent shipping pedigree; knows the local sector we serve and its primary stakeholders well and is aligned with AAL’s commercial ambitions for the Indian market,” explained Christophe Grammare, Managing Director, AAL.

He added: “India is one of the world’s fastest growing major economies and leads the way with 100 percent Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) allowance in multiple industry sectors. It is on an accelerated growth trajectory with 100 smart cities being built today, 100 new airports by 2035 and implementation of the world’s largest renewable energy expansion programme.”

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