Hapag-Lloyd opened a new office in Kenya, designed to mainly transport agricultural goods, such as fruit and other produce, out of Kenya, and import foodstuffs and other items.
“Kenya is the economic hub of East Africa and the most important growth region on the continent,” says Dheeraj Bhatia, senior managing director Region Middle East at Hapag-Lloyd. “By opening our new office in Kenya, we expect to continue our robust growth on the African continent.”
“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,” says Rolf Habben Jansen, CEO at Hapag-Lloyd.
- The new office will be headed by country manager Prashant Sindhwani.
- Via the gateway port of Mombasa, Hapag-Lloyd offers two different services. While the China Kenya Express Service connects Kenya with some of the most important ports in Asia, such as Singapore and Shanghai, the East Africa Service connects the East African country with the west coast of India and Jebel Ali in Dubai.
- Hapag-Lloyd also serves landlocked East African countries – such as Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan – with regular inland connections to and from Mombasa. As part of its growth strategy, the shipping company will aim develop inland connections to Somalia, Southern Ethiopia and Northern Tanzania.