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Virginia Being Added to Rotation of ZIM Vessel Service; Provides Additional Link with China and Kor
ZIM America announced this week that it is revising the port rotations of its ZCP vessel service to include a stop at The Port of Virginia; the first call will be made June 15 by the ZIM Mediterranean.
ZIM officials said last week that it’s revising port rotations to better serve customers in the United States. The company said the ZCP (ZIM Container Service Pacific) Shanghai-Norfolk transit time of 30 days is one of the best in the market.
“This latest upgrade of our long-standing ZCP service is aimed at responding to our customers’ needs in this trade, while making our network more efficient,” Rafi Ben-Ari, vice president of shipping at ZIM, said.
The new rotation will be Savannah, Virginia, New York, Halifax, Kingston, Los Angeles, Oakland, Vostochny, Ningbo, Shanghai, Pusan, Balboa, Kingston, and Savannah. ZIM’s ZCP service is currently operated by 10 vessels each with capacity ranging from 4,800 TEUs to 5,000 TEUs.
Lea Bogatch-Genossar said Norfolk has been home for the Israeli carrier’s U.S. office since 2000. “With Norfolk being home to our area head office for over a decade, adding a Norfolk call to one of our flagship global services, ZCP, is especially significant for us and for our US customers.”
“This decision provides us a new service offering to/from China and Korea,” said Rodney W. Oliver, the VPA’s interim executive director. “ZIM is very strong in furniture commodity segment, which is also our number one import commodity, so we believe there are some excellent synergies there.”
The Virginia Port Authority (VPA) is a political subdivision and public instrumentality of the Commonwealth of Virginia, reporting its operations and finances to the Governor and the General Assembly through the Office of the Secretary of Transportation. The VPA owns and operates four general cargo facilities on behalf of the state: Norfolk International Terminals, Portsmouth Marine Terminal, Newport News Marine Terminal and the Virginia Inland Port in Warren County. In addition, the VPA leases and operates APM Terminals in Portsmouth and the Port of Richmond.
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