The 2M Alliance of Maersk and Mediterranean Shipping Co. has added Nansha to its service via the Suez Canal to New York, Charleston, Savannah, Miami, and Freeport, Bahamas. The East Coast service, branded TP17 by Maersk and America by MSC, adds to Nansha’s four weekly services to the US West Coast and more than 50 global services.

The new international service builds on Nansha’s aim to expand beyond its strength to a regional hub for domestic Chinese traffic, which accounted for approximately 63 percent of its volume in 2018.

International container volume through Nansha in the first half jumped 19.6 percent, to 3.8 million TEU, after shipments rose about 7 percent in 2018 from the prior year, according to port statistics. Total container volume through Nansha, which account for three-quarters of container volume flowing through Guangzhou, expanded 5.8 percent, to 15.57 million TEU, between 2017 and 2018.

Since late 2017, government incentives have helped the port of Guangzhou — close to export-focused factories and an expanding local population — grow its share of volume through the Greater Bay Area of Shenzhen, according to Drewry’s fourth-quarter analysis of the shipping market. “The west side of the Pearl River is less congested than the Shenzhen ports over on the east side, and its clear advantage over Hong Kong is that it averts the need for an expensive cross-border truck haul,” Drewry stated in the report.

Compared with the 7.6 percent growth of Guangzhou, the fifth-busiest port with 21.92 million TEU, container traffic through Hong Kong fell 5.6 percent, to 19.60 million TEU, in 2018, according to JOC rankings. Total volume through Shenzhen rose 2.1 percent, to 25.73 million TEU, in the same period.

In late 2020, a nine-story refrigerated logistics facility will open, adding 6.9 million square feet of distribution space. In addition to storage, the facility will provide customs inspections, product processing, product exhibits, and other value-add services. Additionally, an on-terminal railway station will open, providing service to Jiangmen, Zhongshan, and Foshan in October 2020.

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