COSCO Shipping Lines launches express alternatives to US West Coast

COSCO Shipping Lines is launching Transpacific BCO Express Line this week. It encompasses the Prince Rupert express line (CEN-EXPRESS) and the Los Angeles express line (CEN-PLUS). Using five 4,250 TEU ships, CEN-EXPRESS will move containers from Qingdao and Shanghai to Prince Rupert while CEN-PLUS, assigned six 10,000 TEU vessels, will call at Tianjin, Qingdao, Shanghai, and Los Angeles.

Under CEN-EXPRESS, shippers can have their goods railed from DP World’s terminal in Prince Rupert port, via the Canadian National Railway, to Chicago. For CEN-PLUS, shippers are guaranteed an exclusive container yard as a pick-up point for delivery to the receiver.

“The express services provide 3,500 TEU of incremental capacity for the Transpacific service, which will effectively relieve the pressure on the import-export market between China and US, especially for Long Beach and Los Angeles,” said COSCO.

COSCON will also offer the services to customers of its OCEAN Alliance partners, CMA CGM and Evergreen Marine Corporation, and plans to expand the service coverage to more inland points in the US and eastern Canada.



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