Maldives Ports Ltd. (MPL) has launched its Sea-to-Air Cargo Transhipment Service, which amalgamates the advantages of sea and air transport modes, offering an efficient solution for the swift delivery of goods.

The new service will provide customers with the dependability and cost-effectiveness of sea transportation, seamlessly integrated with the rapidity and convenience of air transport, MPL said in a statement. This hybrid model is designed to ensure swift and proficient handling of cargo, catering to the varied needs of businesses and industries across the region, it added.

MPL also disclosed the tariffs for this service. The company will levy a charge of US$ 605.68 for a standard 20-foot container and US$ 752.51 for a standard 40-foot container as the sea-to-air international transhipment charge.

The initiation of this re-exporting venture was recently announced at a press briefing by MPL’s Chief Executive Officer, Mohamed Wajeeh Ibrahim. He underscored the immense potential for transporting goods shipped to the Maldives to be further transported to other countries via air.

Ibrahim also highlighted that the Mohamed Muizzu administration seeks to broaden its commercial ventures. He expressed confidence that the Sea-to-Air Cargo Transhipment Services will significantly augment MPL’s revenue and foreign currency earnings. MPL is currently negotiating with several airlines to broaden the reach of the new service.