UWL, Swire Shipping Add New Port Call

Third-party logistics company UWL and merchant shipper Swire Shipping have announced a new refrigerated cargo port call. Photo: UWL.

A new port call for export refrigerated cargo in Busan, Korea on the Sun Chief Express service has been added to meet rising customer demand, third-party logistics company UWL and merchant shipper Swire Shipping announced March 16.

The new Busan call aligns with a newly adjusted Sun Chief Express schedule to bolster efficiency, the companies said. The new service now includes Seattle, Busan in South Korea, Haiphong, Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.

“Many clients have expressed a strong preference for a return to the shorter Ho Chi Minh-Seattle eastbound voyage, as the service was initially conceived, as well as a quicker Seattle-Haiphong leg on the westbound voyage,” UWL President Duncan Wright said.

“Swire Shipping’s decision to add this call for export reefer containers in Busan will give export customers additional reach into Asia and provide American agricultural exporters better access to global markets,” Wright added.

Importers using Sun Chief Express will be able to use UWL’s Pacific Northwest presence, including its relationships with World Distribution Services and Pacific Cascade. The companies combined offer more than 500,000 square feet of retail distribution space in the area, according to the announcement.

“Combined with the enhanced change to the rotation, we continue to provide a service that is best in class in the market,” Swire Shipping Americas projects head Rufus Frere-Smith said. “As well as expanding capacity to U.S. exporters by using available slots to carry cargo, utilization of otherwise empty slots for repositioning contributes to more efficient use of ships and reduction in net CO2 emissions.”

By Karen Robes Meeks