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APL Enhances China-Australia Coverage - Partnership with Cosco and PIL will provide wider coverage and faster

Global container transportation

leader, APL, is set to enhance its coverage of the fast-growing trade

between China and Australia with the launch of a new weekly service in

partnership with ocean carriers Cosco and PIL.

Press Release

The China Australia Service (CAS) will offer customers highly

competitive transit times and direct connections between major

destinations in both countries.



For example, the CAS offers direct calls at Qingdao, which is a major

hub in the Bohai Bay area, as well as the Yangtze River Delta gateways

of Ningbo and Shanghai. Moreover, the service also covers the primary

Australian east coast destinations of Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.



"China's growth continues to exceed expectations and its trade with

Australia is becoming increasingly important," said APL Greater China

President, Dan Ryan. "Calls at Qingdao and Ningbo provide fast access

to all key Chinese production and sourcing locations. Also, our

efficient relay service provides the CAS with reach to other core

Asian markets such as Japan, Korea, Taiwan as well as the Americas."



The service, which is due to begin operations on 2 October, will

deploy five ships each between 2,900-2,950 TEU capacity on a weekly

loop. Importantly, the vessels will have significant refrigerated and

climate-controlled cargo handling capabilities to service the growing

demand for fresh produce in the trade.



Eng Aik Meng, APL's Senior Vice President for the Intra-Asia/Middle

East and Australia trades, said: "This enhanced service greatly

strengthens our offering to importers and exporters in this

increasingly critical trade lane. The CAS is part of our global

commitment to offer our customers greater speed, efficiency and

reliability."



Northbound benchmark transit times include Sydney to Chiwan in 20 days

and Brisbane to Ningbo in just 15 days. In the other direction, Chiwan

to Brisbane takes 17 days and Hong Kong to Melbourne transit time is

12 days.



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