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APL beefs up Latin American service network

APL beefs up Latin American service network
APL has announced the launch of the Andino Service (ANS) – a new weekly regional service linking the key markets in Latin America.

APL said the new ANS service would enhance connectivity between West Coast South America and major ports in Asia and the US via global line-haul services at the transhipment hubs of Manzanillo, Panama, Cartagena and Buenaventura, Colombia, and Balboa in Panama.

“We are optimising our Latin America service network with the launch of the ANS service, to facilitate West Coast South America’s growing trade with Asia and the US. Through connecting APL services in Panama and Colombia, the ANS service will offer shippers competitive transit times between West Coast South America and major US West Coast and East Coast ports, as well as improved access to key markets in Asia,” said Efrain Osorio, APL head of Latin America Trade.

The West Coast of South America is a dominant exporter of fresh produce, including seafood, fruits and vegetables, to the rest of the world. To power these exporters’ business growth, the ANS Northbound service will provide priority handling expertise that expedites shipment of these perishable reefer commodities.

Starting from San Antonio, Chile, on 14 October 2016, the ANS service will call the ports of San Antonio, Chile, Callao, Peru, Guayaquil, Ecuador, Buenaventura, Colombia, Manzanillo, Panama, Kingston, Jamaica, Cartagena, Colombia and Balboa in Panama.