HAMBURG : Trade on the Africa-Asia sea routes is showing increasingly large volumes. This is pushing several companies to position their service on new routes not yet operated by their fleets.
The German shipowner Hapag-Lloyd will launch a regular maritime link between India and Mozambique at the beginning of June. This connection, which will be made twice a week, is announced as a direct service between Jebel Ali (United Arab Emirates), Mundra (India) and Maputo (Mozambique).
The link allows the company specializing in container transport to continue its expansion in Africa, making Maputo the gateway to its network in the eastern part of the continent.
“We are connecting a new destination to our global network and offering a competitive alternative for imports from South Africa through this new corridor. We aim to simplify our network, especially with the current market challenges. By only calling at a few strategic ports, we make planning easier and speed up transport time ,” explains Jan Willem De Braal, Senior Director of Trade Management Africa, a division of Hapag-Lloyd.
Currently the world’s 5th largest shipowner, Hapag-Lloyd, in its campaign to conquer the African market, sometimes buys out shipping and logistics service companies that already have a foothold in a few strategic regions of the continent.
After the absorption of Nile Dutch at the end of 2021, the carrier signed a framework agreement on March 10 for the acquisition of Deutsche Afrika-Linien in order to better position itself in southern Africa.