United Arab Shipping Company expanded its Asia-Europe Service 1 with a direct call at Jebel Ali, a major transshipment hub in the Middle East.
The additional port call came into effect with the sailing of vessel UASC Doha from Jebeli Ali on May 7.
The revised AEC1 rotation is Jebel Ali, Khorfakkan, Port Qasim, Nhava Sheva (Jawaharlal Nehru), Pipavav, Jeddah, Port Said, Antwerp, Thamesport, Hamburg, Rotterdam, and back to Jebel Ali.
The upgraded service offers transit times of 17 days from the last port in Europe and 25 days from Jebel Ali to the first port in North Europe, the Middle East carrier said.
Separately, UASC said it plans to apply a new round of rate increases on the trade from Asia to all destinations in the Red Sea region, as part of a rate restoration program.
The rate restoration, to be implemented in two stages, will boost rates on the route by $200 per 20-foot-equivalent unit beginning June 1 until June 30, followed by another increase of the same amount beginning July 1, lasting until July 31.