PIL revamps China Subcontinent offering

PIL revamps China Subcontinent Express, with new coverage in China and Pakistan

Pacific International Lines (PIL) has launched a redesigned weekly direct service linking important ports in China, Singapore, India’s West Coast, and Pakistan.

The China-Subcontinent Express (CSE) service is an expansion of PIL’s existing South China India Express (SIX).

CSE will begin on 17 July 2023, from Shanghai, and will be supplied by a consortium of six boats ranging in size from 3,000 to 4,200 TEU, which will be deployed jointly by PIL, Regional Container Lines (RCL), China United Lines (CUL), and Evergreen Marine Corp (EMC).

PIL will send two ships to provide this service.

READ: PIL integrates China barge service in intermodal expansion

Tonnie Lim, Chief Trade Officer, PIL, said: “Our existing SIX service was introduced in late 2021 to respond to the needs of our customers for more direct and efficient services. 

“The revamped CSE is therefore designed to improve our connectivity from Central China to the India Sub-continent, with additional coverage from India’s West Coast and Pakistan to Singapore, our key transhipment hub in the region. 

“With this enhancement, we will be able to facilitate stronger linkages to PIL’s broader network while boosting our customers’ access to more markets.”

According to PIL, the ports of call for the CSE service are:

Shanghai – Ningbo – Shekou – Singapore – Port Kelang (West Port) – Nhava Sheva – Mundra – Karachi – Port Kelang (West Port) – Singapore – Haiphong – Shanghai

In March of this year, PIL announced the launch of its intermodal service in South Korea, offering train, truck, and barge services.

More recently, PIL launched a new weekly direct service connecting key ports in South Korea, China, Malacca Straits and Vietnam.

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