January 22, 2020
THE Alliance to ship more from Southeast Asia to West Coast
Major container shipping lines will offer more capacity between Southeast Asia and the U.S. West Coast in 2020, signaling that the U.S. sourcing shift away from China will continue unabated even with the preliminary trade detente.
The moves could also help West Coast ports regain some of the cargo that has shifted eastward thanks to a growing number of Southeast Asia liner services hitting the East and Gulf coasts.
Hapag-Lloyd and Japanese liner joint venture Ocean Network Express, members of THE Alliance along with Yang Ming, said the new services will “offer increasing frequency particularly from South East Asia, as well as new direct port coverage and improved transit times.”
The expanded service offering also hints at how THE Alliance will deploy capacity from its newest member, Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM).
Starting in the second quarter, THE Alliance said it will replace an existing Asia-Europe and Asia-West Coast routes, FE5 and PS7, respectively, with a “pendulum” service that will cover all three continents “with a new highly efficient design.”
The service will utilize 18 vessels of 14,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) in capacity.
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Source: American Shipper