Singapore-based APL is to launch the China Southeast Asia Service 5
(CS5) a weekly service which links North and Central China, Korea and
Taiwan directly to Manila in the Philippines.
The company said in a statement that the new service is being introduced to enhance APL's network coverage between the Northeast and Southeast Asia trades.
The new CS5 service's coverage of North and Central China complements APL's Japan Taiwan 6 (JT6) service that serves the South China-Manila trade network, offering a broader China-Philippines market coverage.
With port calls to both North and South Manila, as well as competitive transit times from Manila to North China, the CS5 service will further enhance shippers' speed to market and accessibility between China and the Philippines.
In addition, the CS5 service will also enable Asian shippers to access worldwide connectivity via APL's global network at Taiwan's transshipment hub of Kaohsiung.
The new CS5 service will call the ports of Xingang, Qingdao, Busan (Pusan New-Port International Terminal and Hutchison Busan Container Terminal), Shanghai, Kaohsiung, and North and South Manila. The first sailing will commence from Xingang on April 9 2017.