MSC upgrades Kiwi Service to Directly Connect Thailand with Oceania

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MSC is now providing direct connection from Thailand to Australia and New Zealand on a weekly basis, offering new business opportunities for its customers. On top of improving transhipment options to Thailand, MSC’s new enhancement to its KIWI service also makes it the only shipping line in Thailand to directly connect Laem Chabang, the country’s leading maritime port, with New Zealand.

This dedicated service will benefit shippers in various industries, from electronic goods, rice and other food products to automotive parts and tires.

“Due to the rising demand for shipping between Thailand, Australia, and New Zealand, we are expanding the KIWI rotation to bring numerous advantages to both importers and exporters in Thailand. This new upgrade will particularly be useful for temperature-controlled products such as dairy, seafood, and fresh fruits, including cheese, mussels, and kiwi, which are highly popular and in great demand,” said Ms Rungruedee Kurutuch, Deputy Managing Director, Mediterranean Shipping (Thailand) Co., Ltd.

“Adding the Laem Chabang port call to the KIWI service provides our customers with more service options and benefits. They no longer have to rely on transhipment and can take advantage of a competitive cut-off time. The KIWI service also offers shippers a faster transit time on the Laem Chabang-Brisbane route, reducing its time by six days compared to transhipment services,” added Mr Viroj Rekacharoenphan, Export Commercial Manager, Mediterranean Shipping (Thailand) Co., Ltd.

The full rotation of the upgraded KIWI service will be as follows:

Laem Chabang – Singapore – Jakarta – Brisbane – Sydney – Auckland – Nelson – Wellington – Lyttelton – Port Chalmers – Brisbane – Tanjung Pelepas – Singapore – Laem Chabang

The first sailing southbound will be on MSC CAPE III and is due to arrive at Laem Chabang on 28 March 2023. Meanwhile the first sailing northbound will be on MSC ALABAMA III and is scheduled to depart Brisbane on 18 March 2023 to arrive at Laem Chabang on 4 April.

The proforma transit times are Laem Chabang to Brisbane in 19 days, Laem Chabang to Sydney in 22 days and Laem Chabang to Auckland in 28 days.

Additionally, the transit time for importing goods from Brisbane to Laem Chabang is 18 days, while it takes 25 days from Port Chalmers, 27 days from Lyttelton, 29 days from Wellington, and 30 days from Nelson to reach Laem Chabang.

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