Container line APL has launched a weekly service connecting North Asia markets with the U.S. West Coast using U.S.-flagged vessels in a speedy transit that will be controlled by the carrier from end-to-end, including the rail link to inland destinations.
The Eagle Express (EX1) is billed by APL as an exclusive service â€œmeticulously designed to provide shippers with maximum schedule reliability,â€ and appears to have more in common with Asia-U.S. services offered by NVOs than by container lines.
â€œThe Eagle Express service is characterised by a well-formulated network design, which will be optimally supported by a dedicated fleet of APL vessels as well as our highly-efficient terminal and rail operations,â€ said APL president Kenneth Glenn.
The port rotation of EX1 is Qingdao, Shanghai, Busan, Los Angeles, Oakland, Dutch Harbor, Yokohama, Busan, Naha, Qingdao, Shanghai. Its rapid transit to Los Angeles will take just 13 days from Shanghai and 11 days from Busan. Tuesday vessel arrival in Los Angeles will give shippers the same-week local cargo availability.
Six vessels with a nominal capacity of 5,100 TEU each will be deployed on the service and the first EX1 sailing will depart the northern Chinese city of Qingdao on Nov. 1.
APL said in a statement that shippers would benefit from connectivity at the Port of Los Angeles where the carrierâ€™s U.S.-flagged vessels could expeditiously discharge containers at APLâ€™s Global Gateway South. A total of 11 weekly APL-dedicated LinerTrain services directly depart on-dock for express transits to key inland destinations, including Chicago, Memphis, Dallas, Houston and New York.
â€œWe are committed to adding robustness to the supply chains of our customers. Whether it is shipment to the U.S. West Coast or her inland destinations, time-sensitive shippers can now take advantage of the superior transit times and on-time assurance offered by APLâ€™s Eagle Express service,â€ added Glenn.