Maersk Line announced changes to its AC network with the launch of its AC1 service, connecting the West Coast of Latin America with Asia, beginning at the end of June.
According to Maerks Line, the AC1 service, connecting the West Coast of Latin America to Asia, will provide greater port coverage and reduced transit times on select corridors. By reducing the size of vessels operating on the AC2 service, the shipping line will be able to introduce a third loop to the network. While overall capacity on the AC network will remain the same, the optimized network will deliver greater value for Maersk Line’s customers, the shipper said.
“We are optimizing our Asia-West Coast Latin America network to provide our customers with faster access to their markets in order to fuel their business growth. These enhancements will benefit our customers with faster cargo deliveries and more direct port coverage,” explained Dean Rodin, Head of Trade for Latin America & Oceania, Maersk Line.
The West Coast of Latin America to Asia route
is paramount to the movement of fresh goods, such as fish and fruits, to Asia, as well as imports of everything from electronics, appliances, cars and toys to ceramic tiles, steel and glass to Latin America, Maersk Line said.
The new service will provide better connections and improved transit times between South and East China, Taiwan and South East Asia to San Antonio in Chile and Callao in Peru. According to the shipper, other benefits of the AC1 service include the only direct service in the market from Nansha to West Coast South
America; the fastest service from Chiwan to San Antonio and Callao (27 days); a direct service from Shanghai to West Coast South
America; two weekly sailings from Shanghai and Ningbo to West Coast South America; and direct call from San Vicente, Chile, to Taiwan.
Maersk Line’s current product offering from China, Korea and Japan to Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean via Panama will be maintained fully on the AC2 and AC3 services.