On October 5th, as “Aglaia” Liner successfully took Nansha Phase II Terminal as its calling port, COSCO Shipping Lines’ Asian route CME successfully made its maiden voyage to Nansha, and Guangzhou Port’s foreign trade liner routes ushered in an important historic moment, with the total number reaching 120.
The CME route is jointly operated by four ship-owners: COSCO Shipping Lines, OOCL, CMA CGM and Yang Ming Marine Transport, and COSCO Shipping Lines provides three ships and OOCL provides one 4200 TEU ships. The order of calling ports is: Shanghai-Xiamen-Shekou-Nansha-Singapore-Klang-Penang-Pasir Gudang-Singapore-Nansha-Shanghai. This route provides direct import and export services between Nansha and Singapore, Klang, Penang and Pasir Gudang, with convenient shipping schedule and wide coverage. The stable operation of the CME route in Nansha has enriched the trade channels of local enterprises to and from Malaysia, and is of great significance to the steady development of the local clothing and home appliance export market and to meet the increasing import demand for wood and recycled pulp.
Since the beginning of this year, Guangzhou Port has continued to improve its terminal production efficiency and service quality, creating a competitive foreign trade customs clearance and business environment, and its production and marketing work has made breakthroughs despite the epidemic and complex economic conditions, and 9 international container liner routes have been added. Up to now, the total number of container liner routes in Guangzhou Port has reached 165, including 120 foreign trade liner routes. In addition, 69 “shuttle bus” barge branch lines and 11 sea-rail transport lines have been opened. Guangzhou Port has developed into the most intensive hub port for African routes in South China, and the 22 African routes that have been opened basically cover all basic ports in East Africa, West Africa and South Africa. Moreover, in reliance on the newly established Southeast Asia office, Guangzhou Port is actively connecting with the countries and regions along the “Belt and Road” in Asia, and the number of routes in the direction of the “Belt and Road” has exceeded 100. (Text by Mo Zonghui, Picture by Xu Jianwei)