|New Shipping Service to Benefit Regional Importers and Exporters|
|Tuesday, 13 October 2015 13:07|
CentrePort is pleased to announce the addition of a new international container shipping service.
Commencing in November, the ‘Panama service’ operated by CMA-CGM and Marfret will take central New Zealand goods directly to the Americas and Europe.
CentrePort Chief Executive Blair O’Keeffe says “the establishment of the call adds weight to Wellington’s position as the port of choice for central New Zealand importers and exporters.”
“The port has invested heavily to extend its reach into the central New Zealand hinterland. Our investments are focused on bringing the region closer to the world, by lowering cost and distance to market for local importers and exporters. This is being delivered through increased hub and transport services and additional shipping services.”
The new service comes on the back of a 19% increase in the port’s container trade over the last two years and is further good news for the region’s importers and exporters, who need reliable and regular access to these major markets.
CentrePort has also announced plans to deepen the shipping channel in Wellington’s harbour to accommodate bigger ships and ensure on-going direct access to international markets for central New Zealand importers and exporters.
Mr O’Keeffe said “CentrePort supports nearly $2 billion a year of jobs and economic activity in the region and new services such as this will see that contribution grow in the future”.
CentrePort is one of the largest seaports in New Zealand, and moves $3.5 billion worth of cargo each year.
It is 76.4% owned by Greater Wellington Regional Council and 23.6% by Horizons Regional Council.
Contact: Sarah Toase