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 www.maerskline.com.