CMA CGM Group last week announced the upgrading of its PEX 2 service currently linking Asia, Mexico and the Caribbean.
As of April 2011, the introduction of a second loop will enable this service to serve North Brazil, in addition to Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela and the Caribbean.
The rotation will be:
Loop 1: Chiwan, Hong Kong, Kaohsiung, Ningbo, Shanghai, Qingdao, Pusan, Ensenada, Manzanillo (Mexico), Manzanillo (Panama), Cartagena, Kingston, Caucedo, Puerto Cabello, Chiwan
Loop 2: Port Kelang, Nansha, Hong Kong, Chiwan, Ningbo, Shanghai, Pusan, Manzanillo (Mexico), Manzanillo (Panama), Kingston, Port of Spain, Suape, Salvador, Port Kelang
This new configuration will allow CMA CGM to meet the growing demand on these trades through the following enhancements:
Reduced transit times by 10 days from Asia to Port of Spain and the fastest transit time in the market to Manaus: Pusan – Manaus in 34 days.
An exhaustive coverage of the trade with new calls in Asia, at Nansha (China) and Port Kelang (Malaysia), and unique direct calls on the market at Suape and Salvador de Bahia (Brazil).
An access to a unique feedering network operated by CMA CGM Group in the Caribbean: 40 ports of calls and 94 weekly calls in the Caribbean and the north coast of Latin America.
A high-performance fleet, with the deployment of 22 vessels (11 on each loop), including 9 CMA CGM containerships.
“This new agreement will enable CMA CGM Group to provide a unique product, dedicated to Asia, Mexico, the Caribbean and North Brazil, with direct calls to serve major Caribbean markets. It is a new evidence of the Group’s ability to adapt rapidly to booming market between Asia and Latin America, to best meet its customers’ demands,” explains Nicole Chamard, Senior Line Manager Caribbean and Latin America.