AUSTRAL Asia Line managing director Liner Services Division, Christophe Grammare, is taking on a new role in Shanghai as the company’s chief representative for China.
Mr Grammare has been based in Brisbane for the past decade, firstly as the company general manager for the Australia-Asia service and during the past four years as managing director.
The announcement was made in a company press release from Shanghai Luojing Terminal, the city’s breakbulk hub, where it formally thanked AAL for its 2016 cargo trade.
AAL has been a regular called at the port since its opening and during 2016 carried more than 400,000 tonnes of cargo through the port.
AAL was honoured with a bronze model from the terminal general manager, Ren Sheng Hua.
Mr Grammare said such recognition was important.
“Such positive recognition of our services is important as China is the largest breakbulk market in Asia and we aim to offer our local customers the most convenient and competitive trade routes and services possible.,” he said.
“The terminal is conveniently located on the Yangtze Southbank close to the city and offers advantages that benefit our outbound customer shipments of steel and heavy-lift project cargo.”
Mr Grammare said China’s trade performance had been hampered by global economic uncertainty but there were grounds for optimism.
“Nevertheless, with a projected growth of between 6.3% and 6.5% for the mainland in 2017 and its biggest industries challenging and competing on the global stage to grow this further,” he said.
“AAL will continue to provide the resources on the ground and the tonnage in the water to meet our local customers’ demands and expectations.”