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Maersk Line sees Nepal as a long-term trade partner

The Nepal import market has doubled in the last five years and the Maersk shipping Line is confident of giving a push to the momentum to the trade with the landlocked country by consolidating the second flank at Visakhapatnam port, besides the traditional Kolkata Birgunj(Nepal) rail route. In this connection Maersk Line, the global container division of the group concluded a Trade meeting at Kathmandu recently

The company plans to move five to six block trains per month from Visakhapatnam port to Birgunj in Nepal soon. The shipping line moved the first ever container shipment in this route to Nepal via the exclusive block train service called the Kathmandu Express in June last year. The service offers guaranteed fixed transit time from the load port (Visakhapatnam) to Birgunj. 

Maersk Line is the first shipping line to introduce this innovative product. Since its launch, momentum has built up quickly based on customer demand, and the company expects 5-6 block trains moving monthly from Visakhapatnam to Birgunj.

 Mr Steve Felder, MD, Maersk Line (India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives), said: "We are confident about the trajectory of the Nepal market, and we would like to be a long-term trade partner in the region. We will be opening our commercial office in Kathmandu in the first half of 2018. Our focus has always been to enable trade through our increased service offering and be close to our customers. We intend to carry this commitment ahead for the Nepal market by providing customers with a seamless experience through both Kolkata and Visakhapatnam."

 Maersk Line’s commitment towards customer centricity is reflected through its dual offerings to Nepal through Kolkata and Visakhapatnam. Adding a product offering through its own line from Visakhapatnam to Birgunj, Nepal, to the existing product of Kolkata to Birgunj on merchant haulage is a testament to Maersk Line’s allegiance in facilitating ease of doing business,.

 At present, the "Chennai Express" calls Visakhapatnam weekly, augmented by multiple feeder sailings, enabling customers to reach global markets. This service offering is aimed at ease of doing business and increasing transparency by providing customers with an end-to-end delivery mechanism. This entails one-stop solution such as online payment, handling documents, electronic Delivery Order (E-DO) issuance and clearing cargo in Nepal.


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