Matson fills in gap for NZ exporters

Looking to fill a gap in the market, US carrier Matson has started a direct shuttle service between Shanghai and Auckland in New Zealand.

The service, called China Auckland Express (CAX), is using two Matson-owned vessels, the 707 teu Kamokuiki and the 516 teu Papa Mau, according to Alphaliner. Sailings are provided about every 2.5 weeks.

Last week Splash reported Taiwanese carrier TS Lines had launched a dedicated liner service between China and New Zealand.

As an export-oriented nation, New Zealand has been strongly impacted by the global shipping challenges. An extreme shortage of liner calls to New Zealand in recent months has prompted talk among exporters of the need to create a national shipping line.

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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