CMA CGM will extend its Black Pearl service from the U.S. in response to growing market demand in the Caribbean and on the West Coast of South America.
The French ocean carrier will provide a weekly service from Ecuador, Chile and Peru to Philadelphia and Halifax, beginning Dec. 12.
The service upgrade also includes extended coverage of the Caribbean region, the Mexican Gulf and East Coast South America with transshipment in Kingston, Jamaica.
By The Numbers: U.S. Trade with Chile.
The upgraded service, deploying six vessels of 1,100 20-foot equivalent units capacity, will also boost reefer capacity for wine and fruit shipments from Chile, Ecuador and Peru to the U.S., CMA CGM said.
CMA CGM quoted figures from Dutch shipping analyst Dynamar showing that trade between the U.S. and the West Coast of South America increased 23.5 percent in 2010 compared with a year ago.
Trade between the U.S. and the Caribbean has increased 13.8 percent during the same period.
The new Black Pearl rotation is: New York-Halifax-Kingston-Cartagena-Punta Manzanillo- Balboa-Guayaquil-Callao-Arica-San Antonio-Callao-Guayaquil-Punta Manzanillo-Kingston-Miami-Philadelphia-New York.
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