Maersk Line will begin offering an enhanced, weekly shipping service between South Vietnam and the West Coast of the U.S. later this month.

Maersk plans on introducing the east-bound service - that the company is calling The Pacific Express - with the initial sailing from Ho Chi Minh City on Sept. 16, according to a company news release.

With the addition of this service, Maersk claims it now has an industry-best lead time in shipping routes between the two countries.

"Vietnam is a fast-developing market with significant growth as a sourcing location," Peter Smidt-Nielsen, general director of Maersk Line Vietnam, said in the release. "We have analyzed the deployment and terminal opportunities in Vietnam and have listened closely to our customers to provide a product that delivers best-in-class service and lead time. We are very pleased to offer this improved service in this important market."

The new route has a lead time, from origin to discharge, of 17 days, according to the Maersk release, allowing customers the ability to improve efficiency in their supply chains.

Integrated into Maersk's trans-Pacific network, the Pacific Express has connections, via Hong Kong, to Maersk's TP6 service with direct service to Los Angeles.

Further details, including schedules and service maps are available at