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FPS Group Launches Temperature-Controlled LCL Service to Dubai, Japan

The Rotterdam, Netherlands and Prague, Czech Republic-based members of the Famous Pacific Shipping Group network of independent freight forwarders and consolidators have launched a trade-only, temperature-controlled ocean less-than-containerload service for perishable commodities.

The new service targets items that require transportation at a constant 15 degrees C, typically foodstuffs, wine, medicines and chemicals used in food production. Only commodities that can be safely mixed within a single container will be shipped together, FPS said. Initially, the service will operate fortnightly from the company’s Rotterdam container freight station to Dubai and Japan. FPS plans to increase frequency to weekly sailings, and add destinations, when market demand permits. The service is aimed at forwarders throughout Europe, many of which already use FPS as a non-vessel operating common carrier for other commodity traffic. Customers will be encouraged to deliver cargo to the FPS temperature-controlled facility as close as possible to closing and sailing time, although the company can store goods at the required temperature for an additional period if necessary.

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