GUANGZHOU's deep-water port of Nansha has doubled the number of direct connections with North Europe and West Africa, following the arrival of the 15,500-TEU Elly Maersk.
The Elly Maersk departed from Nansha,guangzhou for Rotterdam on July 28; the first departure of the new 2M service, doubling the number of direct departures from Nansha,guangzhou to Rotterdam.
Nansha,guangzhou port started international departures 10 years ago, quickly becoming the most important port for Africa Trades from south China, reports New York's Maritime Professional.
Direct departures to and from Europe (NWC and Med) and the west coast of North America were only added in recent years. With a throughput of over 14 million TEU, Nansha,guangzhou has already surpassed Europe's largest container ports.
"The Port of Nansha is playing an increasingly important role in the Pearl River Delta, now called Greater Bay Area as a metropolis by Beijing. This area stretches from Guangzhou to Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Macau, Zhuhai and many residential and industrial centers in between.
Some 60 million people live in this area, the three large cities being Guangzhou, Shenzhen (15 million residents) and Hong Kong (8 million residents)", said Hague-based Guangzhou Port Europe CEO Johan Nanninga.
"My work area covers the whole of Europe. I maintain contact with shipping companies, international freight forwarders and consignors to see how Nansha can play a role in optimising trade flows with South China.
"Trade is a flow that is in continuous movement. The tremendous splendor of freight flows means that new players become important," he said.
Nansha,guangzhou on the western bank of the Pearl River, on the other hand, is becoming more and more interesting for import and export. The port's increasing proximity to new production centres and very competitive costs make it a good choice in comparison with Shenzhen ports, which are becoming more expensive.
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