APL debuts Indonesia’s first direct box link to the US

Indonesia has its first direct transpacific box link with the departure today of an APL boxship bound for Los Angeles.

APL’s Pendulum Loop 1 (PE1) service kicked off today, “transforming the sea lane for two of the world’s largest economies”, APL said in a release. The service is part of the Ocean Alliance’s new suite of offerings. APL, now part of CMA CGM, belongs to the new container grouping alongside OOCL, Evergreen and Cosco.

“APL is extremely excited to be pioneering the PE1 service that revolutionises cargo movements between Jakarta and the US. We are confident that the PE1 service will be a compelling alternative to transhipment which Indonesia relies on for shipments to the US and vice versa. Combining direct connectivity and best-in-class transit, the PE1 service has just risen the bar for swift market access, particularly for Indonesian exporters,” said Nicolas Sartini, APL’s CEO.

The PE1 service holds the industry’s fastest transit time of 23 days from Jakarta to Los Angeles. Directly linking Jakarta with its top five trading partners such as Malaysia and Singapore besides the US, APL’s PE1 service makes weekly calls at Port Klang, Singapore, Jakarta, Laem Chabang, Cai Mep, Los Angeles, Oakland, Hong Kong, Colombo, Halifax, New York, Norfolk and Savannah.

Accounting for 16% of the outbound volumes from Indonesia to the US in 2016, APL is the number one ocean carrier of the Indonesia-US trade.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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