Regional Updates in Middle East & Indian Subcontinent

Operational and Customer Service Updates for Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent

Operational and Customer Service Updates for Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent


+++ last updated on January 31, 2023 +++

Highlights:

  • no updates

Terminal Operations
Some terminals slightly affected by labor reductions, but operations continue close to normal. See the latest terminal status with a map overview here.

  • Colombo –Smooth port operations. No berthing delays reported at SAGT/CCIT/JCT
  • Bangladesh - Minor berthing congestion at GCB, CCT and NCT2/3/4 and 5
  • Pipavav, India - Starting January 25, 2023, there will be a mandatory mainenance on Rail Mounted Gantry Cranes. This work is expected to be completed by March 25, 2023. Alternative rakes' handling has been arranged to maintain the routine traffic flow of 5 to 6 trains per day.

Railway Operations
No impact to report.

Truck Availability
No impact in trucking.

Barge Availability

No impact to report.

Depots
For latest status available on google maps for Depots and CFS, click here.

Customer Service

Our counters in the Middle East are open. Please review the box “Related CustomerNEWS” to find out specifics for each country. If not listed, please check with your local office for any adjusted working hours.

  • Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Africa - If you are placing bookings from countries located in the Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Africa, online booking amendments will be implemented from August 15, 2022. We have transitioned to an all-digital booking amendment process, and with this step, all email and phone requests have been discontinued. This means that your booking amendments will be processed faster, and you will be able to manage them through our online tool available here. Thinking about your cargo planning, please know that once the amendment has been requested online, the processing time will be four (4) working hours. Please keep in mind that once you place your request, you will not have to send emails or make follow-up calls. If you should require additional information, please contact our customer service team at your location, who will guide you based on your individual situation. 
  • Pakistan - To expedite the empty container drop-off process and to prevent disruption, please clear all stipulated charges before dropping off empty containers. For all your inquiries, please write to us at [email protected]
  • Kuwait - Remember to use the Free time & Detention calculator, where you can also find the container guarantee with the Import amendment letter format, which must be submitted under Consignee/Notify party’s letter head “POST MANIFEST SUBMISSION”.
  • Qatar – To enhance ease of doing business for our clients who use online transfers and reduce delays in issuance of documents, we have made the following changes to our counter process. Customers can now request documents such as Bill of Ladings, Delivery Orders and Gate pass extensions by presenting and uploading “Proof of payment PDF transfer receipts” in ODEX. This proof of payment should show the transfer as ‘confirmed’ by the bank and have a ‘value date’ same as or earlier than the current date on which Hapag-Lloyd documents are being requested. Once documentation is submitted in ODEX, our counter team will release requested documents.
  • India: for all customer service related enquiries, including Dangerous and Out of Gauge cargo, please write to  [email protected] The email address [email protected] will be closed from October 1, 2022.  
    • Effective September 13, 2022, we have discontinued the requirement of placing a “Container Security Deposit” for issuance of Import Delivery Documents in India. Should you require any clarification, please feel free to reach out to our team at [email protected]
    • Effective October 1, 2022, the Government tax regulation states that a 5% GST is applicable for all export shipments with pre-paid freight in India.
  • For customer inquiries, please use email as the primary method of contact with our Customer Service teams.For customer inquiries, please use email as the primary method of contact with our Customer Service teams.
  • For vessel/container/booking status and sailing schedules information, please visit our Online Business Suite
  • For faster BL release at destination, you can switch from OBL to SWB, if any assistance needed please reach out to your customer service documentation team
  • For payments, please use our online payment options explained in the separate “Related CustomerNEWS” section by country.  If you cannot find information that you are looking for, please reach out to your local customer service department here
  • Remember to use our e-tools (Web-Booking and EASI) for submitting bookings and Shipping Instructions as well as our Hapag-Lloyd Navigator Dashboard to view all of your shipment information on one single screen.

    Reach out to your local customer service representative here

Read the latest Middle East and Indian Subcontinent service updates

Indian Subcontinent – Mediterranean Express (IMX)

  • MV CMA CGM Titus V0MXDOE1MA will omit Hamad, Qatar. Hamad Imports to be discharged at Jebel Ali, UAE for further connection.

Indian Ocean Service (IOS)

  • MV Nagoya Express V2350W will leave the service at Jebel Ali, UAE and will be replaced by MV Niledutch Lion V3207E/3307W. The vessel exchange is expected to happen on February 12, 2023.
  • Budapest Express V3204E will leave the service at Jebel Ali, UAE and will be replaced by MV Colombo Express V3312W/3212E. The vessel exchange is expected to happen on March 19, 2023

Southeast India - Europe Express (IEX)

  • MV Seaspan Hamburg V2250E/W will omit Cochin, India. Cochin Imports to be discharged at Colombo, Sri Lanka for further connection.

Indamex 2 (IN2)

  • No updates for this week.

Asia – Gulf Express 3 (AG3)

  • There will be no sailing from Jebel Ali, UAE (eastbound) on February 19 and March 12, 2023.

Indian Ocean Service 3 (IO3)

  • MV OOCL Asia V175E will omit Abu Dhabi, UAE. Abu Dhabi Imports to be discharged at Jebel Ali, UAE for further connection.
  • From the first week of February 2023, this service will call Karachi instead of Port Qasim, Pakistan. For futher information and alternative services please click here.

Gulf – East Mediterranean Service (GEM)

  • MV Colombo Express V will leave the service at Jebel Ali, UAE and will be replaced by MV Nagoya Express V2307W/2307E. The vessel exchange is expected to happen on February 26, 2023.

Far East Loop 3 (FE3)

  • No updates for this week.

Kuwait Feeder (KWF)

  • From February 15, 2023, Khalifa bin Salman Port, Bahrain will have a structural call. First vessel will be MV Hansa Ratzeburg V410W/410E

India – Gulf Service 1 (IG1)

  • MV Osaka V912E will leave the service at Jebel Ali T2, UAE and will be replaced by MV SSL Brahmaputra V901E/901W. The vessel exchange is expected to happen on February 28, 2023.
  • MV SSL Brahmaputra V901E/901W will omit Shuaiba, Kuwait, Umm Qasr, Iraq and Khalifa bin Salman Port, Bahrain
  • MV Northern Dexterity V2306W will leave the service at Jebel Ali T3, UAE and will be replaced by Tema Express V2306W. The vessel exchange is expected to happen on February 25, 2023

China - India Service (CIX)

  • There will be no sailing from Colombo, Sri Lanka (westbound) on February 10, 2023, and from Nhava Sheva, India (eastbound) on February 14, 2023.

India - America Express INDAMEX (TPI)

  • MV Athenian v3202 will phase out for Drydock at Mundra, India expected to arrive on March 21, 2023. Phase out rotation: Muhammad bin Qasim Port, Pakistan > Nhava Sheva, India > Mundra, India. She will return to the service at Muhammad bin Qasim Port, Pakistan on May 18, 2023.
  • There will be no WB sailing from Muhammad bin Qasim Port, Pakistan on March 16, 2023.

Asia - Red Sea Service 1 (AR1)

  • There will be no sailing from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (Westbound) on February 18 and 25, 2023 and from Aqaba, Jordan (Eastbound) on February 21 and 28, 2023

Asia-Gulf Express 2 (AG2)

  • There will be no sailing from Jebel Ali, UAE (westbound) on February 15 and 22, 2023
  • There will be no sailing from Umm Qasr, Iraq (eastbound) on February 19 and 26, 2023
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