China Shipping Container Lines and United Arab Shipping Co. are offering container service for the first time to the Port of Jacksonville by taking space on CMA-CGM's Pacific Express 3 (PEX 3) service, according to the Jacksonville Port Authority.
Shanghai's China Shipping and UASC of Kuwait chartered slots on the PEX 3 after CMA-CGM changed its rotation, making Jacksonville the last outbound port in the United States, spokeswoman Nancy Rubin said.
CMA-CGM recently dropped the ports of Savannah and Charleston from the PEX 3 schedule
, according to a service update from American Shipper
research affiliate ComPair Data
. After picking up cargo in Asia, the PEX 3 stops in Manzanillo, Panama; Houston; Mobile, Ala.; Miami; and Jacksonville, Fla., before heading to Vostochny, Russia, and back to China.
Ports like being the last destination served by carriers before heading to sea because it gives exporters more time to make a shipment and shortens the total transit time. — Eric Kulisch