The Port of Zhanjiang in Guangdong Province, one of the major ports in southern China, is launching two new shipping lines to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations region to serve the country’s growing trade with the ASEAN bloc, local media reported.
One shipping line will link to Thailand’s Bangkok and Malaysia’s Port Klang. Westbound cargo can be transshipped to Malaysia or Indonesia cities via Port Klang. On the return leg, calls can be made in Hong Kong and Shenzhen to bring imports into Zhanjiang.
The other line will connect to Singapore and Vietnam’s Haiphong and back to Zhanjiang. On the westbound journey, shipments to Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Vietnam can be transshipped via Singapore. On the return voyage, the ships will carry imports from Haiphong back to Zhanjiang.
Zhanjiang, China’s nearest port to Southeast Asia, reportedly handled 155 million tonnes of cargo in 2011.
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