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Arrival of the new Hapag-Lloyd East Africa service in Kenya and Tanzania

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East Africa Service 3 (EAS3) is due to arrive in Kenya and Tanzania next week; The new service will provide excellent connections to Hapag-Lloyd’s global network (www.Hapag-Lloyd.com); Seven ships of 2,800 TEU are deployed in the service.

The new East Africa Service 3 (EAS3) will offer direct weekly crossings between China, South East Asia, Kenya and Tanzania with very competitive transit times. It will arrive for the first time in Kenya and Tanzania next week, allowing our customers to benefit from even better connectivity between Asia and East Africa. In addition, EAS3 will provide excellent connections to Hapag-Lloyd’s global network via the hub ports of Singapore, Port Kelang and Shanghai. Seven 2,800 TEU vessels will be deployed in the service, two of which will be supplied by Hapag-Lloyd.

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Hapag-Lloyd entered the Sub-Saharan African market approximately 13 years ago and has experienced steady and significant growth in volumes transported to and from Africa since then. In East Africa, the China Kenya Express Service (CKX) connects Kenya to some of the most important ports in Asia, such as Singapore and Shanghai, while the East Africa Service 2 (EAS2) connects the country of ‘East Africa to the west coast of India. and Jebel Ali in Dubai.

In March 2021, Hapag-Lloyd also opened its own new office in Kenya to better serve and be closer to its customers in this thriving economic hub of East Africa. While the main business will be managed from the port city of Mombasa, the company will also have an office in Nairobi, the country’s capital.

Hapag-Lloyd also serves landlocked East African countries – such as Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan – with regular domestic connections to and from Mombasa. As part of its growth strategy, the shipping company will also seek to develop domestic links with Somalia, southern Ethiopia and northern Tanzania.

“Hapag-Lloyd has continuously expanded its business in East Africa over the past few years as part of our strategic focus in select growth markets around the world,” said Dheeraj Bhatia, Senior Managing Director of the Middle East region at Hapag-Lloyd. “Our new EAS3 service will create a new option for our customers and help us forge even stronger links between this thriving region and the rest of the world.”

Hapag-Lloyd has also strengthened its offerings and its presence in West Africa in recent years. For example, in October 2019, the Middle East India Africa Express (MIAX) service was launched, providing direct and fast connections between the Middle East, India, South Africa and key markets in South Africa. ‘West such as Ghana and Nigeria. In September 2020, a new office was opened in Lagos, Nigeria. And, in mid-March 2021, Hapag-Lloyd signed a sale and purchase agreement with Dutch container shipping company NileDutch. The acquisition of NileDutch allows customers to benefit from an even denser network and a much higher frequency of crossings, in particular to and from sites in West and South Africa. Currently, completion of the transaction is subject to the approval of the relevant antitrust authorities.

Hapag-Lloyd now has five offices on the continent: in South Africa, Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya. In addition, he recently opened a quality service center in Mauritius.

EAS3’s first westbound voyage will begin in Shanghai on April 29, 2021 with an expected arrival in Mombasa on May 23, 2021. Further details regarding the vessel and times will be announced as soon as possible. The port rotation will be as follows:

Shanghai Ningbo Nansha Singapore Port Kelang Mombasa Dar Es Salaam Port Kelang Singapore Shanghai.

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