ZIM has announced an improvement of its North-South America service (XNS). The new improved weekly service, a joint venture with MSC, will deploy larger vessels of 6,000 TEUs, and is due to commence September 22nd in the following rotation:

Norfolk – New York – Baltimore – Savannah –  Freeport – Caucedo – Rio De Janeiro – Santos – Buenos Aires – Montevideo – Rio Grande – Navegantes – Santos – Rio De Janeiro – Salvador – Suape – Caucedo – Kingston – Freeport – Norfolk.

Key features offered by the new service include:

• Direct connection between the River Plate and the Caribbean regions, via Kingston and Caucedo, offering excellent coverage as well as fast transit times.

• Improved transit times between the U.S. East Coast, Rio de Janeiro and Santos, for both imports and exports (provided by a double call in both ports).

• Access to the Brazilian export market in Suape and Salvador with better connectivity to the Caribbean via Kingston and Caucedo, as well as to the U.S. East Coast with a direct call.

• Vittoria, Brazil, is served via Rio de Janeiro with improved transit times.

• The service is synchronized with the Gulf feeder, and will offer faster transit times with  connectivity between South American and all U.S. Gulf and Mexican ports.

• Increased allocation for cargo to all ports.

The new XNS service will expand the scope of ZIM’s services in the region and enhance connectivity of its South America trade to its global network. The new realignment is part of ZIM’s strategy to further invest in the South American trade, responding to market needs and providing improved services to its customers.