APL to launch new India East Coast express service

Container carrier APL will expand its intra-Asia service network with the introduction of a new India East Coast (IEX) service from December.

The weekly IEX service will directly connect the North Asia markets of South Korea and China to Chennai, India.

The IEX service will call the ports of Busan, Qingdao, Shanghai, Shekou, Singapore, Port Klang (West), Manila and Chennai. Its first sailing will commence from Busan on 15 December 2016.

“Through the IEX service, shippers will benefit from fast and reliable transit between the North, Southeast and South Asia markets. Additionally, the strategic port calls of the IEX service at the key transhipment hubs of Singapore and Port Klang will open shippers’ access to APL’s wider service network for global connectivity,” said Tonnie Lim, APL head of intra-Asia trade.

APL pointed out that the new IEX service is designed with competitive transit times, offering comprehensive coverage of the China market with three port calls in Qingdao, Shanghai and Shekou. The service is also primed for direct cargo shipments from Singapore and Malaysia to Manila, Philippines.

Posted 18 November 2016

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