APL gives Ningbo direct link to markets
AMERICAN President Lines (APL) has introduced a direct weekly call at the central Chinese coastal city of Ningbo.
Ningbo is a fast-growing commercial area south of Shanghai, which is also serviced by APL.
Until now, Ningbo cargo was moved by feeder ships to relay points in Hong Kong or Japan.
According to James Chang, APL's manager for the China region, direct call shaves up to seven days off deliveries of high-value or time-sensitive shipments from Ningbo or other points in Zhejiang province to markets throughout Asia.
APL will be extending its global telecommunications and cargo-tracking system to Ningbo to help ensure that goods are picked up and delivered on schedule.
Commodities moving from Ningbo include garments, frozen shrimp and other seafoods, canned goods and consumer goods such as plush toys, woodenware and footwear.
Under the enhanced service, known as the Ningbo Express, APL's 16-day service from Ningbo to the west coast of the United States and its 21-day service from Ningbo to the US east coast, were the fastest in the industry, Mr Chang said.
Service to Ningbo from North America is also the fastest available, a boon to Ningbo-area importers of raw materials and light industrial parts.
The service uses APL-operated feeder ships that shuttle containers between Ningbo and Kobe or Yokohama, where they connect with the company's fast trans-Pacific container ships and intra-Asia vessels.
In addition to the Ningbo Express and the Shanghai Express, APL also operates container services to and from north and south China.