MSC shakes up Sub Saharan network

MSC shakes up Sub Saharan network

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) is reshuffling its Angola service to expand its Sub Saharan Africa connections.

The new enhanced service will offer Pointe-Noire (Congo Republic) and Matadi (Democratic Republic of Congo) as from January 2023.

According to the company, Pointe-Noire will represent a significant advantage for Asia and India markets in the region.


The Congolese port will serve as a key transshipment hub for cargo destinated to Angola and Namibia. Stopping the transship 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.

The new port of call also represents new business opportunities for cargo coming from North Europe and the Mediterranean, said MSC, as cargo from the main cities of these markets will transship via Lomé, Togo and be directly discharged to the Congo Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The interconnectivity between Angola and Namibia aims to strengthen Intra-Africa and international trade.

Last week Bolloré SE announced the finalised sale of Bolloré Africa Logistics to MSC Group.

The agreement stipulates that MSC will take full control of Bolloré Group’s shipping, logistics and terminal operations in Africa, as well as its terminal operations in India, Haiti and Timor-Leste, based on an enterprise value of €5.7 billion ($6.4 billion).

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