China United Lines (CULINES) has launched an express service to the Port of Tilbury to meet shipping demand for Christmas cargo.
The China-Tilbury direct service is tasking the M/V A Daisen with the voyage, planned to start to 26 October from Shanghai and calling at Ningbo and Yantian on the route.
The voyage is due to start on 26 October from Shanghai and is estimated to arrive before 25 November.
Currently, most liftings to the UK are delivered to Felixstowe, Southampton or Liverpool and transshipped by land to big markets such as London, CULINES wrote in a statement.
Limited by capacity and port conditions, some loadings are also transshipped from Antwerp into the UK.
The express calls only two ports before Tilbury, and takes only 27-30 days to deliver. Without the uncertainty from transshipment, this service is more reliable in terms of on-time delivery
Tilbury is a crucial terminal for London and the UK at large.
In the east suburb of London, on the north bank of Thames, about 40km west of London Bridge and east of Thames, plus Amazon warehouse nearby, this port is a critical spot for e-commerce.