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New cross-strait shipping route launched

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.

Jason Jiang

Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.
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