MSC has announced a new container service between Southeast Asia and the US west coast. The new service also aims to improve reliability in transpacific trade at a time when the entire market remains under considerable pressure due to impacts from the COIVD-19 virus.
The new Sentosa service is a dedicated MSC trade route that links Southeast Asia with the North American market and catalyzes trade between countries such as Thailand and Vietnam via the US west coast.
Ms. Rungruedee Kurutuch, Deputy Managing Director for MSC Thailand, commented that “MSC’s Sentosa Service transit time from Thailand to the US West Coast Port of Long Beach is cut to only 19 days. Shippers will enjoy a 4 days faster transit compared to the 23 days of the Jaguar Service.”
This is a significantly improved transit time for MSC customers shipping goods between Southeast Asia and California, ensuring that MSC retains a direct Laem Chabang – Long Beach call (in both directions) within its transpacific network. This compensates for removing a Laem Chabang – US call on the Jaguar service, which is being announced separately.
“Sentosa service is MSC’s standalone shipping service, aiming to improve the transit time from our Jaguar service, which has many calls in its rotation. Jaguar service starts its journey from Europe to Asia, then to America, and back to Europe. In addition to its long journey, a congested port in the Jaguar rotation may cause a delay to the cargo delivery as well,” added Ms. Kurutuch.
This service is expected to start in early April with the following rotation:
Singapore – Tanjung Pelepas – Laem Chabang – Vung Tau – Long Beach – Shanghai – Ningbo – Xiamen – Singapore
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