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Vietnam container line begins Malaysia, India service

  • Vietnam Maritime Corporation has inaugurated a container shipping route linking Vietnam, Malaysia and India
  • The new route will link Ho Chi Minh City’s and Hai Phong’s ports in Vietnam with the largest gateways of India, cutting transport time by over 10 days

State-controlled Vietnam Maritime Corporation (VIMC) has inaugurated a container shipping route linking Vietnam, Malaysia and India.

Launched November 25, the new route will link Ho Chi Minh City’s and Hai Phong’s ports in Vietnam with the largest gateways of India, cutting transport time by over 10 days, according to a Vietnam News Agency report.

The new service is deployed on the Hai Phong–Klang Port–Calcutta–Klang Port–SP-ITC (Ho Chi Minh) route.

On October 26, a Vietnamese container ship passed through the Malacca Straits for the first time to bring goods to Malaysia and India—major markets of Vietnamese exporters and importers.

A VIMC representative said the route is expected to ease pressure on cargo transportation and stabilize the supply of transport services and support domestic firms.

The carrier said that next year it will continue to invest in a fleet of modern container ships as it seeks to become a national container transport group. It is also setting its sights on boosting cooperation with foreign shipping firms.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Vietnamese exporters and importers have incurred higher logistics costs, including container shipping costs, and experienced longer delivery times, affecting their orders.

State-run VIMC used to be called Vietnam National Shipping Lines or Vinalines before it decided to change its brand identity and officially operate as a joint stock company in August 2020.

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