New freight service links Liverpool with Shanghai

DKT Allseas has announced it will operate a number of ‘supply chain critical’ container vessel sailings from Shanghai and Ningbo to Liverpool. Tony McDonough reports

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DKT Allseas will operates sailings between China and Liverpool


A new freight service linking the Port of Liverpool with China is to start in April.

DKT Allseas (part of Allseas Global Logistics), has announced it will operate a number of “supply chain critical” container vessel sailings from Shanghai and Ningbo to Liverpool next month.

The first service is due to depart Shanghai on April 4, with two additional sailings on April 22 and 25. It is intended to provide relief to customers who are facing increased ocean freight rates, as well as, reduced reliability due to the knock-on impacts of the global pandemic.

Sailings from China to Liverpool will take 28 days and the vessels will be the smaller feeder size, rather than Panama or larger. This will significantly reduce the chance of port delays, as there are no multi-port callings.

It will see imported goods delivered into the heart of the UK market, where many of Allseas’ customers are located. It also offers guarantee that once space is booked, the cargo will be shipped.

Darren Wright, managing director Allseas Global Logistics, said: “This service which is under our own direct charter, has been born out of necessity and frustration with the current supply and demand issue.

“By taking a progressive approach we can offer a guaranteed service, without deviation or additional Port calls from Shanghai and Ningbo into Liverpool, at a sensible price. We hope that the demand, particularly by North UK customers, can support a longer term, frequent niche service from China direct into Liverpool.”

Port owner, Peel Ports, believes the new service will offer customers greater reliability and competitive freight options. The Port of Liverpool is well positioned to offer “proximity to market” benefits and more convenient for customers in north of the UK.

David Huck, managing director, Peel Ports said: “Cargo owners need assurance during these challenging times that their supply chain partners can be both reliable and provide innovative solutions to mitigate the effects of the pandemic.

“The Port of Liverpool continues to demonstrate its strength, agility and resiliency to relieve pressure on traditional routes and provide a gateway direct into the heart of the cargo owning community of the UK.”

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