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APL offers new faster services to USWC from central and south China


SINGAPORE's APL, now a unit of CMA CGM, is to introduce a new Central China - Loop 3 (CC3) service, and enhance the South China - Loop 3 (SC3) service, both serving the Asia-North America trade lane.

In a statement, the shipping line said that adding to its portfolio of Trans-Pacific services, the new CC3 service will be providing direct connectivity from the Chinese ports of Lianyungang, Ningbo and Shanghai to the US West Coast ports of Long Beach and Seattle.

Describing the new service as 'unique', the CC3 will be the only service in the market that provides a direct Lianyungang-Long Beach and Seattle connection. Primed to diversify and expand APL's coverage across China, the weekly service provides a competitive transit time of 13 days from Ningbo to Long Beach.

The CC3 service will commence sailing from Lianyungang on April 30 with a port rotation of Lianyungang, Shanghai, Ningbo, Long Beach, Seattle and back to Lianyungang.

APL's weekly South China - Loop 3 (SC3) service will be calling the additional ports of Haiphong and Oakland as part of its service rotation. When the refined SC3 service commences sailing on April 30, it will be the industry's first and only service that directly connects Haiphong in Northern Vietnam to the US West Coast ports of Long Beach and Oakland.

While the enhanced SC3 service will offer an extended market coverage across Vietnam, South China and US West Coast, the Trans-Pacific offering will remain synonymous with its best-in-class 13-day transit from Yantian to Long Beach, the shipping line said.

The refined SC3 will commence sailing from Haiphong with a port rotation of Haiphong, Nansha, Hong Kong, Yantian, Long Beach, Oakland, Yantian and Haiphong.