CEVA Logistics and CMA CGM have combined their expertise and service capabilities in Thailand and Laos to launch a new cross-border service for ocean freight containers used by customers across both countries.
The companies, which are now both part of the CMA CGM Group following the gradual purchase of CEVA over the last year, said the new service was a concrete example of the tangible benefits the strategic partnership was already bringing to customers, with further examples of useful collaboration in other areas expected to be revealed shortly.
Describing it as “a new environmentally friendly solution bringing the best of CMA CGM and CEVA’s expertise”, the companies said the initiative “provides imaginative solutions for both import and export customers and helps them reduce their carbon footprint as empty containers no longer have to be returned to their origin”.
The new combined ocean freight and cross-border trucking service enables importers to drop off their empty containers at a newly expanded CMA CGM container depot, operated by CEVA, outside the Laos capital, Vientiane. This means there is no need for an empty return leg where equipment would be previously unused and would have been sent back to the Thai port of Laem Chabang where it entered the country.
“Exporters from both Laos and northeastern Thailand benefit from no delay in accessing containers in their region, which means they can swiftly and easily expedite their freight on its journey to the port,” the partners said.
Effective immediately, the container depot in Vientiane will support all CMA CGM Group carriers and will additionally provide storage, repacking and assembly services within the Free Trade Zone from which it operates.
Elaine Low, EVP for South East Asia at CEVA Logistics, said: “Our close co-operation with CMA CGM to deliver a unique industry proposition has been warmly welcomed by customers in both Laos and northeastern Thailand. It serves as a very concrete example of the tangible benefits the strategic partnership with CMA CGM already brings to our customers, providing them with faster access to our global network, adding value to their supply chains and helping preserve the environment.”
CEVA Logistics said it was fast expanding its operations in the emerging Southeast Asia markets, as illustrated by the opening on 27 May of its office in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The region’s rapidly emerging economies present considerable growth potential, providing significant development opportunities in the transport and logistics sector, the company added.