CMA CGM’s New Bangladesh India Gulf Express (BIGEX) Debuts As First and Fastest Direct Bangladesh-Middle East Shipping Service

Transforming Bangladesh’s sea lane to the Middle East and India West Coast main ports with weekly direct service calls Diversifying Chittagong’s transhipment hubs connectivity to Jebel Ali and Khalifa Port in the Gulf; and Nhava Sheva and Mundra in India Creating the opportune BangladeshIndiaSri Lanka-Gulf sea corridor; and game-changing in connecting cargoes for air transfers from Dubai to destinations in Europe and USA

DHAKA, Bangladesh, March 14, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — The CMA CGM Group, a global player in sea, land and air logistics solutions; today announced the launch of the new Bangladesh India Gulf Express (BIGEX) service. The service will debut as the first and fastest direct service that connects Bangladesh to Jebel Ali and Abu Dhabi in the Gulf; as well as Nhava Sheva and Mundra in India.

BIGEX will commence sailing from the port of Chittagong on 5th April. Three 1,700-TEU vessels deployed on the service will ply the westbound rotation of ChittagongColombo – Mangalore – Nhava Sheva – Mundra; and Jebel Ali – Khalifa Port on the eastbound leg.

Transforming Bangladesh’s sea lane to the Middle East and India West Coast

The introduction of BIGEX charts the BangladeshIndiaSri Lanka-Gulf corridor, transforming Bangladesh’s sea lane to the Gulf and India West Coast.

Characterised by fast transit times, exports from Chittagong will reach Jebel Ali and Abu Dhabi in just 14 and 15 days respectively. A more efficient and greener alternative to trucking, BIGEX will get Bangladesh shipments to Nhava Sheva and Mundra in eight and 10 days respectively.

Diversifying Bangladesh’s transhipment connectivity

BIGEX is also set to diversify Chittagong’s connectivity to transhipment hubs beyond the key Asian ports to the Gulf and India West Coast ports.

This expands the routes to markets and further reduces transit time, such as that for US-bound Bangladesh cargoes that will be relayed via Colombo.

Providing end-to-end shipping and inland solutions

Entered Bangladesh in 1996, the CMA CGM Group currently employs almost 80 staff members across three agency offices in Chittagong, Dhaka and Khulna. It currently offers three CNC maritime services – Bay Bengal Express (BBX), BBX2 and BBX3– that call the port of Chittagong each week.

Beyond its container shipping services, CMA CGM provides return rail services from the Chittagong port to Inland Container Deport in Dhaka; as well as barge services from Chittagong port to the Inland Container Terminal in Pangaon and SAPL River Terminal Muktarpur, Munshiganj. The logistics business of the group also renders air, ocean and ground solutions.

“The CMA CGM Group is committed in developing our shipping and logistics capabilities to support investments in Bangladesh and along the supply chain. The launch of BIGEX creates the opportune BangladeshIndiaSri Lanka-Gulf corridor, opening new routes to and from the global markets for Bangladesh businesses,” said Laurent Olmeta, Chief Executive Officer of CMA CGM Asia Pacific Limited.

 “BIGEX will game change in how our shippers take their exports to the global markets in the fastest and most efficient ways. Not only will it lead to more sea route options, it can seamlessly connect cargoes for air transfers from Dubai to destinations in Europe and USA,” said T Sivakumar, Managing Director of CMA CGM Bangladesh.