Two new container services to connect Asia, India subcontinent

Intra-Asia shippers will have new choices to move their products thanks to the joint efforts of several Asia-based liners including Evergreen Line.

Evergreen Line, “K” Line, China Cosco Shipping Lines, Wan Hai Lines and Pacific International Lines are teaming up to offer two new joint services in early September benefitting shippers moving goods between Asian ports and those on the Indian subcontinent.

According to the Taiwanese Evergreen Line, both services will improve current transit times along the Indian and Pacific ocean routes as well as provide direct calls at Pakistan’s Karachi port, which handles around 60 percent of the country’s seaborne cargo volumes, and India’s largest, private cargo complex in Mundra.

The Pakistan Mundra Express, or PMX, service will utilize six ships with capacities of up to 4,200 twenty-foot-equivalent units and call at Qingdao, Shanghai and Ningbo in China; Singapore; Malaysia’s Port Klang; Karachi in Pakistan; Mundra, India; Colombo, Sri Lanka; and Singapore once more before returning to Qingdao. The first sailing on the Evergreen Line’s service is scheduled to depart from Qingdao on Sept. 4.

The Pakistan India Express, or PIX, service will employ five 4,200-TEU ships. That service is scheduled to commence with a sailing from Jiangyin, China on Sept. 8 and call at Hong Kong, Nansha and Shekou in China; Singapore; Port Klang, Malaysia; Colombo; Karachi; Mundra; Port Klang and then back to Jiangyin.

In addition to providing efficient shipping service between China and Northwest India as well as Pakistan, the pair of regional services will also further expand Evergreen’s global service network by improving connectivity via its transhipment hubs in Singapore, Port Klang and Colombo.

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