MSC opens Cebu office

MSC opens Cebu office
Photo from MSC Philippines.
  • Mediterranean Shipping Co opened an office in Cebu as part of its expansion in the Philippines
  • The Cebu office, inaugurated in September, is the carrier’s fourth in the Philippines

Mediterranean Shipping Co. (MSC) recently opened an office in Cebu as part of its expansion in the Philippines.

Officially inaugurated in September, the Cebu office is MSC’s fourth in the Philippines; the three others are in Manila, Davao, and General Santos.

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company Philippines Inc. (MSC Philippines) managing director Renaud Durteste said the Philippines is an important market for the global carrier.

“With MSC Cebu, we are now closer to the local market. This allows us to better understand their needs and strengthen our partnerships with them, while building a more robust MSC presence in the Philippines,” Durteste said in a statement.

MSC noted that Cebu is growing into a leading international maritime center and an ideal transshipment point for cargoes to and from all over the world. It is also important for shipping to other areas in the Visayas.

Cebu has modern seaports that can handle different kinds of cargo and is a top import market for furniture, auto-parts and more. Plus, it is the second most populated province in the Philippines after Metro Manila, the carrier added.

Last March, MSC evolved from a joint venture (Seaglory Shipping Services Inc.) to an MSC-owned company, MSC Philippines, as part of its continuous growth and in line with its commitment to the Philippine market.

MSC said this shift from a third-party agent to being MSC-owned signifies its “dedication in providing the signature MSC quality, standards and customer service.” Employees from Seaglory were transferred to MSC Philippines.

To enable trade and connectivity with this vibrant province, MSC is connecting Cebu with its worldwide network through commercial feeders via Singapore and Kaohsiung.

MSC commenced operations in the Philippines in 2018 and now has nine port calls covering seven ports nationwide.