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