giant, CMA CGM's newly restructured Asian service allows e-commerce shippers
and other importers to avoid Southern California port congestion and get their
cargo loaded onto trains days faster.
The Golden Gate
Bridge service, formerly known as SeaPriority Express, offers a 12-day transit
from Yantian and a 17-day transit from Shanghai. The service is the first Asian
service with Oakland as its first call, making the port more attractive to
After its first
call at Oakland on February 12, the restructured service will call on Seattle
before looping back to Kaohsiung, Taiwan; Shanghai; and Yantian, mainland
China. The ships will each have capacities in the ranges of 3,718 to 6,282 TEU.
In its original form, the service called only Los Angeles and Yantian.
"We had to
find an alternative solution that allows supply chains to remain relatively
intact and improve transit times so we made that bold move to Oakland," Ed
Aldridge, president of CMA CGM and APL, United States, said in an interview.
Congestion in Southern California not likely to clear up until June Mr Aldridge said
Mr Aldridge said
he does not expect congestion to clear up in Southern California until June at
the earliest and the restructured service will be permanent.
work with Union Pacific and BNSF railroads and SSA Marine's Oakland
International Container Terminal, CMA CGM aims to provide a rail dwell time -
the time it takes for a container to be unloaded from a ship and loaded onto a
train - of under one-and-a-half days, Mr Aldridge said. Comparatively, average
dwell times in Southern California during non-congestion times is approximately
four days, he said.
Mr Aldridge said
US importers that are tapping the newly restructured service include a mix of
brick-and-mortar retailers pulling for e-commerce channels, strictly e-commerce
apparel and garment shippers, and even some shippers looking to truck goods down
to Southern California, reports IHS Media.
The newly restructured
service shows how CMA CGM is boosting its ocean and landside capacity to help
shippers amid a record rush of Asia imports that began in the second half of
last year and has not relented, he explained.