Zim said last week that it's revising port rotations to better serve customers in the United States.
Speaking during a reception for customers held at Maher Terminals in Elizabeth, N.J., Lea Bogatch-Genossar, president of Zim America, said the company’s Zim Container Service Pacific (ZCP) is adding the Port of Norfolk in Virginia to its rotation.
The ship Zim Mediterranean
is scheduled to arrive in Norfolk on June 15. The new rotation will be Savannah, Norfolk, New York, Halifax, Kingston, Los Angeles, Oakland, Vostochny, Ningbo, Shanghai, Pusan, Balboa, Kingston, and Savannah.
The company said the ZCP Shanghai-Norfolk transit time of 30 days is one of the best in the market.
Rafi Ben-Ari, vice president of shipping at Zim, said “This latest upgrade of our long-standing ZCP service is aimed at responding to our customers’ needs in this trade, while making our network more efficient.”
Bogatch-Genossar noted Norfolk has been home for the Israeli carrier’s U.S. office since 2011, so “adding a Norfolk call to one of our flagship global services, ZCP, is especially significant for us and for our US customers.“
She also noted the company’s Zim Container Service Atlantic (ZCA) has begun making a double call in New York, allowing the carrier to offer better transit time for shippers moving cargo through New York to ports in the Mediterranean.
In March, Zim added a second call in New York for eastbound cargo so that the rotation is now Haifa, Piraeus, Genoa, Tarragona,Halifax, New York, Savannah, Kingston, New York, Tarragona, Ashdod, and Haifa.
Bogatch-Genossar said the new ZCA rotation improves transit times from New York to ports in both the West and East Mediterranean, as well as the Black Sea, which the company serves with feeder ships from Haifa. - Chris Dupin