Hapag-Lloyd, an international shipping and container transportation company, has opened a new office in the capital of Senegal, Dakar. The company is primarily engaged in the transportation of minerals, cotton, fish and nuts out of Senegal.

Dheeraj Bhatia, senior managing director for the Middle East at Hapag-Lloyd, explained in a company press release: “Senegal has shown impressive economic growth in recent years, and it has abundant natural resources.” She added: “By opening our new offices in Senegal, we clearly show our enormous commitment to Africa and further pursue our ambitious growth targets in Senegal and the entire continent.”

In March 2021, Hapag-Lloyd announced it would acquire all shares of the Dutch container shipping company Nile Dutch Investments (NileDutch). NileDutch is a leading provider of container services from and to West Africa and with this acquisition Hapag-Lloyd is able to further develop its business in the continent.

With the opening of the new office in Senegal, Hapag-Lloyd now has six offices across Africa in Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa. Additionally, the company opened its quality service centre in Mauritius in 2020.