Container shipping major COSCO Shipping will add Port of Tampa Bay to its Gulf of Mexico Express (GME) Transpacific service, with the first vessel M/V Cosco Piraeus scheduled to arrive on January 28, 2019.

The new GME service port rotation will be Shanghai-Ningbo-Xiamen-Yantian-Houston-Mobile-Tampa.

Import transit time to Port Tampa Bay from China will be 31 days, and export transit time from Port Tampa Bay to China will be 27 days. Connections on the new service will be provided to/from markets beyond China throughout Asia.

“This is a historic development for Port Tampa Bay and we are honored to welcome COSCO Shipping to the Port Tampa Bay family,” said Paul Anderson, Port Tampa Bay President/CEO.

“This new direct Asian service will provide importers and exporters very competitive transit times on a weekly fixed day service calling Port Tampa Bay every Monday.”

Port Tampa Bay is continuing to expand and upgrade facilities, having recently added two new post-Panamax cranes to complement its existing three gantry cranes. The port also has phased build-out plan to quadruple capacity over the next few years as business continues to grow.

“We have been big supporters of Port Tampa Bay’s efforts to attract new services because of our significant distribution center capacity right next door in Lakeland and throughout Central Florida. The port’s proximity makes it easy for truckers who can make multiple round trip deliveries per day,” said Ali Hosein, VP International Freight & Merchandising, Rooms to Go.

“We ship our product to all 50 states and over 100 countries across the globe. This new service will definitely enhance our ability to serve China and the rest of Asia which is an important and growing export market for Amalie Oil,” said Rick Barkett, COO, Amalie Oil.

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