Los Angeles Times

New container shipping route opens between south China, western North America

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A container vessel loaded with 4,950 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) berthed at the Qinzhou automated container terminal in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on Thursday, marking the opening of the first direct container shipping line between Qinzhou and western North

America.

The new route will further facilitate trade services between southweste­rn China and North America.

Ships will mainly call at ports of Qinzhou, Hong Kong and Vancouver. The new line will shorten the travel time from the Beibu Gulf in Guangxi to western North America to only about 20 days.

It is of great significan­ce to build the Beibu Gulf Port, which includes the ports of Qinzhou, Fangcheng and Beihai, into an internatio­nal port along the New Internatio­nal Land-Sea Trade Corridor, a trade and logistics passage connecting 14 provincial-level regions in China with 316 ports in 107 countries and regions around the world.

The route will also play an important role in the constructi­on of the Qinzhou Port Area of China (Guangxi) Pilot Free Trade Zone.

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