ZIM expands Latin America network

ZIM expands Latin America network

ZIM has unveiled plans to enhance its services in Latin America with the launch of two new offerings, the ZIM Albatross (ZAT) and ZIM Gulf Toucan (ZGT) services.

This move is part of the company’s ongoing efforts to cater to the evolving needs of its customers in the Latin American region while expanding its operations and presence.

The ZIM Albatross service is set to offer a direct connection between North China, Korea, Mexico, and the West Coast of South America.

With a fleet of 4,250 TEU vessels, the carrier aims to provide operational flexibility, ensuring efficient and timely connections.

This service is scheduled to commence from China in December 2023.

For the ZIM Gulf Toucan service, the focus is on connecting the East Coast of South America to the Gulf of Mexico and the US.

ZIM said it will deploy 2,800 TEU vessels for this service. The strategically located regional hubs are expected facilitate connections to other ports in North America, the Caribbean, Central America, and the West Coast of South America.

The ZIM Gulf Toucan service will start operations in both directions from January 2024.

The rotations for these new services are as follows:

ZIM Albatross (ZAT):

  • Xingang – Qingdao – Shanghai – Ningbo – Busan – Lazaro Cardenas – Buenaventura – Guayaquil – Callao – San Antonio – Busan – Xingang

ZIM Gulf Toucan (ZGT):

  • Buenos Aires – Montevideo – Navegantes or Itapoa – Paranagua – Santos – Rio De Janeiro – Cartagena – Kingston – Veracruz – Altamira – Houston – Mobile – Kingston – Cartagena – Santos – Buenos Aires

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These services are intended to complement the ZIM Colibri Express (ZCX), which was launched in July 2023, providing a comprehensive shipping solution for both new and existing customers in Latin America.

“We are very excited to add the ZIM Albatross and ZIM Gulf Toucan services to our growing network in Latin America,” said Eran Epstein, ZIM’s VP of Latin America BU.

“With these new services, we will be able to offer our customers in the region broader reach, coupled with ZIM’s signature customer service tailored to meet their specific needs.”

ZIM witnessed a substantial declines in revenue for the second quarter and first half of 2023, with total revenues amounting to $1.31 billion.

Most recently, the carrier launched a first-of-its-kind direct service between the Port of Savannah and the West Coast of South America (WCSA).

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