MSC reinstates China-North Europe trade connections

MSC reinstates China-North Europe trade connections

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has announced the reinstatement of its Swan service as a standalone offering.

This service will connect the main ports of China with North European ports in Benelux, Gdynia, Gdansk, and Klaipeda.

The Swan service is expected to provide fast transit times between China, Benelux, Poland, and the Baltics.

One notable aspect of the Swan service is that it will be the first to offer direct calls to Gdynia and Klaipeda from Asia. Gdynia, in particular, is a well-established and flexible container gateway in Poland, offering similar advantages to Gdansk.

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Moreover, MSC said the Swan service will leverage the efficient logistics network in Saudi Arabia, which connects North Europe and Asia to the Gulf.

This will be achieved by including a call at King Abdullah Port in the eastbound route. The inclusion of this port aims to enhance the service’s connectivity and opens up new opportunities for trade between these regions.

The full rotation of the Swan service includes stops at:

Qingdao – Ningbo – Yantian – Tanjung Pelepas – Antwerp – Gdynia– Gdansk – Klaipeda – King Abdullah Port – Singapore – Qingdao

The first sailing westbound from Asia will be on 9 June.

Earlier this month, MSC announced updates to its India Africa Service (IAS) and India to South Africa Service from May.

The updates include direct calls at Coega, Abu Dhabi, and Jebel Ali, which will provide MSC customers with improved connections and transit times between Africa, the Middle East Gulf, and India, to the benefit of customers with reefer cargo.

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