Taiwan Wagon Group and Pingtan Transportation Group will jointly launch a new cross-strait shipping service this week.
The service will utilize a roro vessel, Taipei Express, to set sail from Pingtan free trade zone in Fujian for Taipei, with three scheduled sailings each week.
The ship, which has a carrying capacity of 230 teu, can cross the strait in six hours.
Pingtan, a base to a large number of Fujian shipowners, has been promoting cross-strait logistics in recent years.
Currently only a few shipping firms are approved to operate direct container shipping businesses between mainland China and Taiwan. These include China United Lines, Ningbo Ocean Shipping and Quanzhou Fengze Shipping.