DKT Allseas’ pioneering China Xpress shipping services from Shanghai and Ningbo to Liverpool are now to be extended into a regular liner operation following the success of the first group of sailings. This is the first service of its kind from the Far East into the north of England port, and following the success of its initial sailings, DKT Allseas (part of Allseas Global Logistics) says it will operate further services in response to “overwhelming demand”. The logistics specialists have already commenced additional sailings throughout May/June and the plan is to continue operating a regular call in the future. Allseas added that its first three sailings operated at full capacity, from the Far East direct to Liverpool.
DKT Allseas launched its China Xpress initiative in early April to provide relief to customers facing increased ocean freight rates, as well as reduced reliability, as a result of knock-on effects relating to the global pandemic. Allseas Global Logistics managing director Darren Wright said: “Our first three sailings were completely sold out and we’ve now fixed an additional six sailings and looking to introduce further services over the coming months, working towards a longer-term frequent Far East service for our customers.” He added that focusing on single ports of loading and discharge offered a more robust solution, especially for time sensitive goods.
Owner and operator of Port of Liverpool, Peel Ports, said it was well positioned as a viable call for Far East services and other deep-sea lines. Managing director, David Huck, said: “The success of the Allseas services shows there is demand for a direct China to Liverpool service. We’ve worked closely with Allseas to provide a gateway from the Far East direct into the heart of the UK’s cargo owning community.” He added that while the Allseas service would use smaller vessels, “our continued investment into our Liverpool2 deep-water container terminal also means we can handle some of the world’s largest vessels and facilitate deep sea routes, strengthening our position as a viable call for Far East trade.”