Starting in April, TCC will operate a weekly “no frills service” between Los Angeles and the Modern Terminals facility at the Port of Taicang, a manufacturing centre approximately 40 miles northwest of Shanghai.
The inaugural sailing, by the Taicang Dragon, is scheduled to depart Taicang on April 17 and arrive in Los Angeles on May 3. The ships to be deployed in the service range in capacity from 2,500 to 3,000 teu. TCC executives believe the new service could generate 250,000 teu annually between Los Angeles and Taicang.
Currently goods manufactured in the Taicang area, or points further inland must be transported by truck or vessel to Shanghai for transhipment overseas.