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MSC announced the reshuffling of its Angola service, adding Pointe-Noire in Congo Republic (CR) and Matadi in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to the port rotation, from January 2023.

MSC believes that the addition of Pointe-Noire in the Angola service will add a significant advantage for Asia and Indian markets in the region.

The Swiss/Italian container line said the Congolese port will serve as a key transshipment hub for cargo destinated to Angola and Namibia in Africa.

Stopping the tranship via Lomé will reduce by 11 days the transit time to the main Angolan port of Luanda, and Namibe, as well as Walvis Bay in Namibia, according to MSC, which noted that covering Pointe-Noire on the Angola service, also represents new business opportunities for cargo coming from North Europe and the Mediterranean.

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