ZIM: Launching two Direct Services (ZGC and ZGX) between Asia and the US Gulf, Further Expanding its Strategic Operational Cooperation with the 2M Alliance

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Jul 4, 2019

Author: Santosh


ZIM has announced a further expansion of its Strategic Cooperation with the members of the 2M Alliance – Maersk & MSC – to the Asia – US Gulf Trade. The new agreement includes two new strings:

ZGC – ZIM US Gulf Central China Xpress – 10 x 6500 TEU vessels with the following rotation: Ningbo – Shanghai – Busan – (Panama Canal Transit) – Houston – Mobile – Miami – Freeport – (Panama Canal Transit) – Araijan – Busan

First Sailing: Ningbo, August 18th.*

ZGC - ZIM US Gulf Central China Xpress

ZGX – ZIM US Gulf South China Xpress – 10 x 4500 TEU vessels with the following rotation: Xiamen – Yantian – Busan – (Panama Canal Transit) – Houston – Mobile – Tampa – Manzanillo – (Panama Canal Transit) – Balboa – Busan

First Sailing: Xiamen, August 16th.*

ZGX - ZIM US Gulf South China Xpress

The new services, catering for both Central and South China and South Korea, offer significant advantages for customers, including:

  • direct connections to major ports in Asia and the US Gulf
  • Best-in-market transit time with reliable dedicated service
  • Two weekly cutoffs in Houston & Mobile to better serve growing US exports requirements.

The new cooperation follows previous agreements in the Asia – US East Coast, operating since September 2018, and on the Asia – Pacific North West and the Asia – Mediterranean Trades, operating since March 2019.

Subject to regulatory approval

Source: ZIM

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