Milaha, a Qatar-based maritime transport and logistics conglomerate, has announced the launch of a direct service between Pakistan and Qatar. The new service, called PQX (Pakistan Qatar Express Service), will operate weekly between the Port of Karachi, Pakistan and Hamad Port, Qatar with a competitive transit time of 4 days, making it the fastest direct connection between the two countries.
The PQX will also establish a 2nd weekly service to and from Mundra, India, which will add to Milaha’s existing Mundra call as part of the IQX (India Qatar Express Service). PQX will be operated with two 1,700 TEU vessels and a weekly call in all ports following a Mesaieed – Mundra – Karachi – Hamad – Mesaieed rotation. The first vessel will depart from Karachi Port on 7 September and arrive at Hamad Port on 11 September.
Commenting on the launch of the new service, Milaha’s President and CEO Mr. Abdulrahman Essa Al-Mannai said: “We have been vigorously ramping up our operations between Qatar and key Asian markets in response to growing demand from traders, importers, and exporters on both sides.
Our new PQX service will cater mainly to perishable products and other food stuff, and will increase options for customers in Pakistan and India to access Qatar and other Arabian Gulf markets. This is part of Milaha’s ongoing commitment to support the growing trade between Qatar and its partners by delivering tailor-made, cost-efficient supply chain solutions.”
Milaha continues to enhance its international presence and diverse portfolio of marine and logistics services. The company has recently expanded into several new shipping routes and accelerated deployment of new supply chain solutions across a number of countries. Milaha currently calls 2 ports in Oman (Sohar and Salalah), 3 ports in India (Nhava Sheva, Mundra, and Kandla), and one port in Kuwait (Shuwaikh) offering enhanced connectivity and transit times to Qatar and the region, and is actively evaluating further expansion of services.