Following last week’s announcement that WWL is providing inland transport services with local providers for Nissan distribution in India (read more here), the company is also supporting inland movements for increased deliveries on its China Express service.
Last week WWL said that dedicated ro-ro sailings on the service between Japan, Korea and China had increased from two to three sailings a month because of a resurgence in trade between the three countries in vehicles, rolling equipment and non-containerized cargo (NCC).
The company is now supporting this increase with logistics and inland transport solutions to better support customer requirements in China. WWL maintains its own vehicle distribution centres in Guangzhou, Shanghai and Tianjin and has established a joint venture with local trucking operator Guangzhou Citic Xintong Logistics to handle car distribution services to and from all import/export ports.
Three vessels, including the MV Falstaff, will call from the Japanese ports of Kobe, Nagoya, Toyohashi, Gamagori, Hitachinaka, and Yokohama to Pusan and Inchon in South Korea and Tianjin (Xingang), Shanghai and Guangzhou (Xinsha) in China.
MV Falstaff will be the regular ro-ro vessel on the service. WWL will use other deep-sea ro-ro vessels from time to time to maintain the service,” said a company spokesman.
Each PCTC vessel will have a carrying capacity of around 4,500 cars but have the ability to also carry buses and trucks, as well as high-and-heavy loads, including construction and agricultural equipment, and break bulk cargoes such as power generation equipment, rail cars, and various project cargos.
Yokohama will serve as the main trans-shipment hub for WWL’s services from the US and Oceania to the Far East Asian destinations and from Korea and China to various destinations worldwide.
President of WWL Asia, Richard Heintzelman said: “The enhanced China Express service is a key to offering China connectivity with its biggest trading partners, Japan and Korea, as well as easy access to worldwide trading routes.”
In other news, reports were emerging this week that WWL is opening a new office in Russia and plans to develop ocean services, inland transport, technical services, terminal service and supply chain management in the country. Further details are to be announced.