Cambodia gets its fastest ocean link to the US

Cambodia, where exports are flourishing post-covid, has a new fast way to get its goods to the US.

Swire Shipping and NVOOC UWL have linked a new dedicated barge service from Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, to their express ocean transportation service between Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam and Seattle that allows shippers in Cambodia to reach the US west coast in 25 days, which UWL claims is faster than any other service provider in the trade.

UWL, a top-10 American-owned NVOCC, said the new feeder service will provide importers with guaranteed access to equipment and capacity in Phnom Penh and reduce reliance on expensive cross-border trucking between Cambodian factories and the Port of Ho Chi Minh City.

“During this highly volatile time in the shipping industry, customers have been looking for faster, reliable service to the West Coast,” said UWL president Duncan Wright. “Our goal with this new service is to provide a predictable, premium product connecting 100% to Seattle on every express voyage from Ho Chi Minh. By doing so we will help importers reduce their supply chain risk.”

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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