Kuehne + Nagel has expanded its less-than-container-load (LCL) service, opening a new hub in Busan, South Korea, as part of its expansion in the Asia-Pacific region.
Busan is K+N’s fourth largest LCL hub in the region after Shanghai, Singapore and Colombo, and will offer 12 new direct services. Operated by Blue Anchor Line, the freight forwarder’s in-house non-vessel-operating common carrier, these new connections offer weekly direct sailings between large markets within the Asia-Pacific region, as well as from Asia-Pacific to Europe and North and Latin America.
K+N now provides 430 weekly LCL services from the Asia-Pacific region.
The forwarder also introduced new LCL refrigerated services from Europe to Australia. Shipments are collected from across the Europe and consolidated at its facility in Rungis, France, before being shipped directly to Melbourne via Le Havre.
In addition, K+N has initiated LCL Eco-Cargo to “substantially reduce the number of long distance groupage shipments,” resulting in about 15 percent lower carbon dioxide emissions and transportation costs.
“This is achieved by transporting full containers to an inland freight terminal before de-stuffing. Final distribution is then arranged from such terminals rather than from the port of arrival,” K+N said.
The forwarder will also reduce CO2 emissions by recycling of used materials, minimizing truck miles and cooperating with environmental partners. Furthermore, K+N uses its own web-based LCL CO2 emission calculator to provide full transparency of CO2 emissions at shipment level, as well as conducting routine environmental assessments of all partners.