Guangzhou: The southern port of Zhanjiang plans to launch two new shipping lines to ASEAN countries as trade between the two giant areas grows following free trade agreements.
One shipping line will connect Zhanjiang to Thailand's Bangkok and Malaysia's Port Klang. Westbound cargo can be transhipped to Malaysia or Indonesia cities via Port Klang. On the return leg, the line will call at Hong Kong and Shenzhen to bring imports to Zhanjiang.
Another line connects Zhanjiang to Singapore and Vietnam's Haiphong and back to Zhanjiang. On the westbound journey, shipments to Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Vietnam can transit via Singapore. On the return voyage, the ships will carry imports from Haiphong back to Zhanjiang.
Zhanjiang handled 155m tonnes of cargo in 2011. [27/06/12]