Hapag-Lloyd has announced it will directly connect South China and North Europe with its new China Germany Express (CGX) service.
A total of eight Panamax vessels will operate on the service from its launch at the beginning of April.
Its first sailings are as follows:
- Westbound (Dachan Bay – Hamburg) scheduled for the start of April 2022
- Eastbound (Hamburg – Dachan Bay) scheduled for the start of May 2022
Transit will take around 27 days and will allow the shipping line’s customers utilise the intermodal capabilities at Dachan Bay and Hamburg.
“Thinking about your cargo planning and with the market demand in mind, we designed a service that responds to the current industry challenges by reducing complexities and expanding network opportunities for your business,” Hapag-Lloyd said in a statement.
Earlier this month, the company also published its “extraordinarily strong” preliminary figures for its 2021 operating results.
Strong financial results are said to be driven by significantly increased freight rates resulting from very strong demand for goods exported from Asia. This was influenced heavily by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Transport volumes remained at a steady level, reaching 11.9 million TEU from 11.8 million TEU the previous year.