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Faster passage to Paraguay

[ January 2, 2014   //   ]

Cargas Del Atlantico – the Uruguayan member of the Famous Pacific Shipping (FPS) Group freight forwarding and consolidation system – has launched a new transhipment service to Paraguay via Montevideo that reduces transit times from Europe to as little as 25 days.

During the Paraguayan annual dry season, from September to March, the normal means of transport into the land-locked country – by barge from Montevideo on the River Parana – becomes extremely unreliable due to decreased draughts; this can result in months of delay at port, and mounting demurrage costs.

The new transhipment service uses trucks for the 1400km road journey from Montevideo to the Paraguayan commercial centres of Asuncion and Ciudad del Este. The service caters both for FCL and LCL traffic.

Cargas del Atlantico has also opened a new representative office in Paraguay, with on-site handling.

Cargas del Atlantico MD Hernan Martinez Escardo (pictured below) said: “Our new service provides faster and more consistent transit times during the dry season. Although rates are higher than for the river barge route, our overland service eliminates unpredictable and often extremely high demurrage costs.”

Although Cargas del Atlantico’s traditional main business is FCL shipments, its new service provides a two-way LCL operation between Paraguay and all major world markets. The company also plans to start an airfreight export service, with full documentation and Customs processing.

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