Hapag-Lloyd targets regional expansion with second office in Nairobi

Written By: Ronald Owili

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German shipping giant Hapag-Lloyd has opened its second office in Nairobi, Kenya, as it looks to strengthen its logistics operations within the East African Community.

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According to the firm, its main business will continue to be managed from the port city of Mombasa which was set up in 2018 when the firm commenced operations in Kenya.

“Kenya is the economic hub of East Africa and the most important growth region on the continent. By opening our new office in Kenya, we expect to continue our robust growth on the African continent,” said Dheeraj Bhatia, Senior Managing Director Region Middle East at Hapag-Lloyd.

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The shipper mainly transports agricultural goods out of Kenya, especially tea, coffee, fruits and textiles while imports primarily consist of chemicals, foodstuffs and a wide range of goods made of plastic or rubber.

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Hapag-Lloyd offers shipping services focusing on the China Kenya Express Service (CKX) which connects Kenya with some of the most important ports in Asia, such as Singapore and Shanghai and the East Africa Service (EAS2) which connects the East African country with the west coast of India and Jebel Ali in Dubai.

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The firm which currently serves landlocked East African countries such as Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan from Mombasa Port also targets to develop inland connections to Somalia, Southern Ethiopia and Northern Tanzania.

“Our Strategy 2023 focuses not only on becoming the “Number One for Quality”, but also on selected growth markets worldwide. We see an enormous growth potential in Africa and will further invest into our services and selected countries,” said Rolf Habben Jansen, Hapag-Lloyd Chief Executive Officer.

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With the opening of the new office in Kenya, Hapag-Lloyd now has own five offices on the continent in South Africa, Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya.

The Nairobi office will be headed by Country Manager Prashant Sindhwani.

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