This upgrade comes in response to growing market demand for exports between the US and the west coast if South America, which have increased by 23.5% in 2010. Between the US and the Caribbean trade has increased by 13.8% so far this year.
The upgraded weekly service will provide CMA CGM customers with:
• A unique direct service from Ecuador, Chile and Peru to Philadelphia and Halifax
• Extended coverage of the Caribbean region, Mexican Gulf and East Coast South America with transhipments in Kingston (Jamaica)
• Connections to and from the Far East (Hong Kong, Shanghai, Chiwan, Busan) for cargo from the west coast of South America via transhipments in Balboa (Panama) on the PEX3 service
• Connections to and from northern Europe (Rotterdam, Hamburg, Antwerp, Le Havre) through the Kingston hub on the ECS service
• Expanded reefer capacity for exports from the west coast of South America to the US market
“This upgraded service will not only offer an extended coverage of the areas served but also numerous connections to the Caribbean Rim, East Coast of South America and the Far East thanks to seamless relay in Kingston and Balboa” explains Jean- Yves Duval, vice president Caribbean and Latin American Lines, CMA CGM Group.
Deploying 1,100 teu vessels on a weekly fixed-day frequency, the new rotation will be: New York – Halifax – Kingston – Cartagena – Punta Manzanillo – Balboa – Guayaquil – Callao – Arica – San Antonio – Callao – Guayaquil – Punta Manzanillo – Kingston – Miami – Philadelphia – New York.