Maersk restructures its ocean network in West & Central Asia

Maersk is restructuring its ocean network in the West & Central Asia region that connects India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, UAE, and Saudi Arabia to the world. These changes aim to improve speed to market, provide higher predictability, and offer more flexibility to their customers’ supply chains. Moreover, the changes will also bring more resilience to the supply chains, protecting them better from operational challenges arising out of contingencies.

Improved speed to market

  • The new ME4 service will now offer a direct connection between Doha and North Europe, thus improving speed to market by up to 5 days and by up to 6 days from Jebel Ali to West Africa for most customers.
  • The ME3 service connecting fresh produce exporters from Pakistan to Russia will improve the existing best-in-industry transit times, further reducing fresh produce wastage by maintaining its integrity through end-to-end cold chain logistics offered by Maersk in Pakistan.
  • The FI3 service will now operate weekly instead of fortnightly, giving an increased number of options for importers getting cargo from the Far East into North India.

Improved predictability and flexibility

  • The ME7 service will connect South India’s lifestyle, retail and automotive manufacturing sector directly to Europe. The cargo will thus flow smoothly without getting affected by unforeseen delays in case of congestions.
  • The ME7 service will also provide a direct and regular rotation between the hubs of Colombo and Salalah, thus letting customers have a more flexible option of moving their cargo.
  • The new FI4 service, which combines the previous Jade Express and Chennai Express, will connect South East Asia with India and Pakistan on a single direct service.

As part of redesigning the network, Maersk will discontinue the ME6 service and transshipment on AE1 at Colombo. Customers can continue to avail themselves of the option of connecting their cargo on a full array of services calling West & Central Asia. Maersk will implement these network changes in a phased manner, thereby assuring that the total deployed capacity in the global network will not get affected.

For detailed network changes and rotation maps, please visit the Maersk website.