APL is expanding its China-India Express Service with a weekly call at India's Port of Pipavav, starting at the end of this month.
The new port call is in addition to the existing call at the Port of Nhava Sheva (Jawaharlal Nehru), India’s largest container gateway.
The revised CIX rotation will be Xingang, Dalian, Qingdao, Busan, Kwangyang, Hong Kong, Chiwan, Singapore, Colombo, Nhava Sheva, Pipavav, Port Kelang (Westport), Singapore, Hong Kong, and back to Xingang.
The Singapore-based liner operator’s move is designed to cater to the growing trade volume moving to and from India’s western state of Gujarat as well as the northern hinterland region including Delhi, Ludhiana and Jaipur.
The first vessel under the enhanced rotation will be the APL Indonesia, scheduled to sail from Nhava Sheva on June 26.
Pipavav, managed by A.P. Moller-Maersk, is India's first port to be developed through the public-private-partnership model. The west coast hub hosts several fixed-day weekly sailings, providing direct connections to key trade lanes of Europe, the U.S. East Coast and the Far East.