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Sea Lead and T.S. Lines update port rotation

[ September 2, 2022   //   ]

Effective early September 2022, global ocean carriers Sea Lead Shipping Pte Ltd and T.S. Lines will make JAXPORT the first U.S. port of call on their Asia East Coast (AEC) container service. The AEC, a partnership between Singapore-based Sea Lead and Hong Kong-based T.S. Lines, began calling JAXPORT this summer with Jacksonville as the last U.S. port of call.

The current AEC rotation calls ports in the Northeast U.S. and mid-Atlantic before moving south and ending in Jacksonville. Beginning in September, Sea Lead and T.S. Lines will reverse the current rotation and make Jacksonville the AEC’s first U.S. port of call. The new port rotation will be Nansha, Ningbo, Shanghai, and Qingdao in China; Busan, South Korea; Manzanillo, Mexico; Jacksonville, Fla.; Charleston, SC; Norfolk, Va.; and Newark, NJ.

The AEC also offers extensive transshipment connections throughout China, Korea, Japan, Southeast Asia, and the Indian Subcontinent.

Serving as the first port of call will significantly increase Sea Lead’s cargo volumes into JAXPORT and eliminate a week of transit time for Jacksonville importers, providing one of the fastest transit times between the US Southeast and Asian ports. Shorter transits reduce wait times for Florida consumers impacted by supply chain disruption at out-of-state ports and provide export capabilities for Florida businesses seeking to efficiently export their goods to the global economy.

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