Ship­pers get Asia link ANL cuts times for ex­porters

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - TONY RAGGATT

TRADE with Asia is ex­pected to grow with con­tainer ship­ping line ANL adding ser­vices into Malaysia, Sin­ga­pore and In­done­sia from Townsville.

ANL has launched di­rect ser­vices to Port Ke­lang, Sin­ga­pore and Jakarta this week, pro­vid­ing some of the fastest tran­sit times avail­able from Aus­tralia.

Port of Townsville gen­eral man­ager busi­ness de­vel­op­ment Clau­dia Brumme- Smith said the ex­pan­sion of ser­vices was great news for North Queens­land im­porters and ex­porters and came just three months af­ter ANL re- en­tered the Townsville mar­ket.

“In April this year we were de­lighted to wel­come ANL back to our port as they com­menced a new con­tainer ser­vice be­tween Townsville and Pa­pua New Guinea, one of our ma­jor trad­ing coun­tries,” Ms Brumme- Smith said.

“The an­nounce­ment of fur­ther ser­vice en­hance­ments be­tween Townsville and Ma- laysia, Sin­ga­pore and Jakarta demon­strates ANL’s con­fi­dence in the North Queens­land mar­ket.”

Ms Brumme- Smith said Sin­ga­pore pro­vided ex­cel­lent ac­cess for Aus­tralian pre­mium food prod­ucts, which would now be avail­able to grow­ers from Townsville. She said pro­duce such as man- goes, av­o­ca­dos and mel­ons, al­ready be­ing shipped from south­ern ports, could in­stead be sent from Townsville.

“Pro­duc­ers will be able to ex­port their pro­duce di­rectly to both Malaysia and Sin­ga­pore with su­per- fast tran­sit times of 10 days to Port Ke­lang, 12 days to Sin­ga­pore and 14 days to Jakarta with a ser- vice that op­er­ates days,” she said.

ANL gen­eral man­ager busi­ness de­vel­op­ment Chris Schultz said the ship­ping line’s re­turn to Townsville was go­ing ex­tremely well.

“Our ser­vice is run with mul­ti­pur­pose ves­sels and there­fore caters for con­tainer­ised ex­ports and im­ports as ev­ery well as project car­goes,” Mr Schultz said.

ANL con­tainer ser­vices typ­i­cally carry freight such as so­lar farm equip­ment, house­hold items and re­tail goods.

ANL is part of the French CMA CGM Group, the third largest con­tainer ship­ping line in the world.

Edi­to­rial: page 16

WIDER CA­PAC­ITY: ANL’s new ser­vices will be great news, says Port of Townsville CEO Re­nee Crosby. Pic­ture: SCOTT RADFORD- CHISHOLM

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