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PRESS RELEASE

July 17, 2015: Effective August 10, Hapag-Lloyd will offer its customers a significantly improved service between West Africa and Northern Europe. The new West Africa Express service (WAX) provides highly competitive transit times to and from key markets – for instance 13 days from Antwerp to Dakar, and from Abidjan to Antwerp in only 11 days.

The improved service will be the only direct full container service from Hamburg and neighboring countries to West Africa. Furthermore, Hapag-Lloyd will offer this service as a standalone solution with high reliability and multiple connections to its comprehensive global service network at major transshipment ports. The future port rotation will be Antwerp – Hamburg – Algeciras – Dakar – Tema – Abidjan – Antwerp.

"Within the last years we have seen continuous growth from and to West Africa due to rising investments, growing import and export volumes as well as an increased demand for selected products from West Africa. We are absolutely confident that, with the new service, Hapag-Lloyd offers its customers an excellent and competitive product from and to this emerging market", says Michael Pradel, Managing Director Region Europe of Hapag- Lloyd.

The first sailing of the new service is Antwerp on August 10 followed by Hamburg on August 12.

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