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.*
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.*
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