Under the logistics industry’s intense competition today, each logistics service provider must propel itself forward to offer customers the most efficient solutions from management, human resources, and technological aspects. To further cater to customers’ continually growing demands, these providers must also expand their services.
CMA CGM, a world leader in shipping and logistics, is in the race to provide the best solution. It has recently elevated its service standards in Thailand with the announcement of a barge service from Suksawat Terminal as the company aims to offer an alternative choice of service for customers who are exporting their containers from Bangkok and its surrounding areas to Laem Chabang Port.
New Barge Service
Today, Laem Chabang Port (LCB) acts as Thailand’s primary import and export gateway. This top spot was previously occupied by Bangkok Port (BKP), which has since reached its space and capacity limitations, especially for larger-size vessels.
Container shipments reach Laem Chabang Port via several transportation modes including trucks, trains from Lat Krabang Inland Container Depot (ICD), or barge vessels. Each mode has its advantages and disadvantages in terms of cost, container destination, transit time, and environmental impact.
CMA CGM has launched this barge service to Laem Chabang Port as an alternative transportation option for exporters, especially those that carry frozen seafood and canned food from Samut Sakhon as well as textiles and garments from the West region of Thailand.
Suksawat Terminal’s locale sits at the West side of the Chao Phraya River, Suksawat Road, Samut Prakan, next to the industrial ring road and Kanchanapisek expressway. This allows exporters located in the South and the West of Bangkok to travel to Suksawat Terminal and reduces the trucking cost to the ICD or other private terminals along the Chao Phraya River.
Furthermore, the barge service from Suksawat Terminal is directly connected to LCIT Terminal in Laem Chabang Port where the CMA CGM Group’s JAX, JTVS and LCX weekly services call.
This special alliance between CMA CGM Group and LCIT Terminal enables more efficient logistics management. It also offers more opportunities and provides importers and exporters with an alternative route connected to the global market.
A barge vessel can carry up to 250 TEUs, making it the most efficient transportation mode for containers in Thailand. Transporting by barge also releases less pollution in comparison with other transportation modes. Therefore, the barge service is suitable for environmentally-focused customers who are aligned with CMA CGM Group’s targets to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 50 percent by 2030 and be carbon neutral by 2050.
Door-to-Door Logistics Provider
The barge service is part of CMA CGM Thailand’s service development strategy to provide a seamless domestic ‘Door-to-Door’ logistics service using different transportation modes.
Exporters usually have to plan out the entire shipment journey of their goods. From the shipment’s origin to its destination, customers have to contact and liaise between the truck, barge, container vessel, port and terminal service providers to ensure every process transitions smoothly. This is a time-consuming and exhausting effort that does not aid exporters in optimising their business.
With CMA CGM Thailand’s ‘Door-to-Door’ logistics service, customers no longer have to fret over this. After all, the CMA CGM Thailand team is determined to provide more options and develop its Door-to-Door logistics offerings to bring about smoother and more convenient transportation solutions to customers. For more information, customers can reach out and consult the local agents of CMA CGM Thailand
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