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FS Mackenzie expands direct Chinese import services


A 70% growth of Chinese groupage traffic over the next few months is foreseen by FS Mackenzie, the UK-based NVOCC and freight services operator, following the expansion of its inbound shipping services from China.

"This is a very significant development which will enhance our position as one of the leading players in the fast growing groupage trade from China," said John Smith-Allen, FS Mackenzie's import manager. "Working in association with our strategic partner, Famous Pacific Shipping (FPS), we are now offering direct groupage consolidation services from seven locations with four others also being served via Hong Kong or Huangpu.

"We have been receiving good volumes every week on our existing service but we expect this to increase to somewhere between 30-40TEU over the next few months as we increase the number of direct services we offer," he added. "Looking beyond that, we anticipate an ongoing growth in traffic especially with China joining the WTO."

FS Mackenzie's weekly groupage services now offer direct sailings from Hong Kong, Huangpu, Ningbo, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Tianjin and Xingang. In addition, Guangzhou is served via Huangpu and Dalian, Qingdao and Xiamen are connected through Hong Kong. Transit times vary from 27 to 34 days.

"This service portfolio means that we are able to offer shippers a very cost-effective and quality-driven service which gives our customers a very competitive product," said Smith-Allen. "As a strategic member of the FPS international organisation, we can draw on its extensive Chinese network to develop our groupage services to the UK."

Smith-Allen said that FPS is planning significant expansion in China over the next six months and with the market growing at a steady rate. "We expect our traffic volumes to go on rising," he commented. "It also provides the opportunity to further develop our services in the future."

FS Mackenzie's operations and network are outlined in the company's website at www.fsmac.com.