CUTTING customers’ carbon footprint is the aim of a new service from CEVA Logistics and CMA CGM that is to operate in South East Asia.

The concept aims to provide a solution for importers and exporters, allowing them to 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 aims to enable importers to drop off empty containers at an 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.

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Exporters from both Laos and Northeastern Thailand are expected to benefit from having no delays in accessing containers in their region.

Effective immediately, the Vientiane container depot is to support all CMA CGM Group carriers and will additionally provide storage, repacking and assembly services within the free trade zone from which it operates.

“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,” said Elaine Low, South East Asia executive vice president for CEVA Logistics.

“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.”

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