APL announced the launch of the Eagle Express X (EXX) service on 22nd February, a new weekly China-US West Coast line. The EXX service promises a hassle-free customer experience, an expeditious 11-day transit from Shanghai to Los Angeles plus swift cargo discharge with next day availability at an off-dock facility. The launch of the service follows the success of APL’s exclusive Eagle Express (EX1) service.

A few days later three new Asia-Latin America services were unveiled that will enhance links between Asia, Mexico, Central America and West Coast South America. Together with the Asia Caribbean Express (ACE) service that directly connects Asia to the Caribbean, APL’s expanded Asia-Latin America service network promises a more extensive service coverage and best-in-class transit times across the major economies in Asia and Latin America.

The weekly Condor Express (CDX) service, commencing in Kaohsiung on 4th April will link China, Korea, Taiwan, Mexico, Central America and West Coast South America. The Falcon Express (FCX) service will provide a weekly direct service with calls in China, Korea, Mexico and West Coast South America, with the first sailing from Xiamen departing on 7th April. The new weekly Caracara Express (CRX) service will offer swift freight links between China, Mexico and West Coast South America with the debut sailing from Hong Kong on 17th April.

CMA CGM’s EURAF 4 service was upgraded as from 19th February to cover Marseille, Barcelona, Valencia, Casablanca, Algeciras, Tangier, Dakar, Lome, Bata, Malabo, Apapa, Tincan, Onne, Kribi, Port Gentil, Libreville, Douala, Algeciras and Marseille.

The circuit has also received an additional vessel so is now operated by 9 vessels of up to 3,600 TEU nominal capacity so EURAF 4 port coverage is achieved in 63 days. The Asia-West Africa ASAF service was also upgraded in March to serve Qingdao, Xingang/Tianjin, Busan, Shanghai, Ningbo, Nansha, Tanjung Pelepas, Singapore, Pointe des Galets, Cape Town, Pointe Noire, Kribi, Luanda, Cape Town, Port Klang and back via Singapore and Qingdao. On 28th February CMA CGM announced 3 new services between Asia, Mexico and the West Coast of South America (ACSA 1/2/3) with shortened transit times, 17 ports covered and 11 CMA CGM Group ships deployed, starting 4th April 2018.

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