North Carolina Ports ready for growth as new container service arrives

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WILMINGTON, N.C. — North Carolina Ports officials are welcoming the start of their fourth new container service at the Port of Wilmington in the last two months.

ZIM, a container shipping company, recently added the Port of Wilmington to its all-water Asia-U.S. East Coast service rotation. The weekly service, referred to as the Z7S, provides direct access to markets in south China, Southeast Asia, and India. The service includes 11 vessels averaging about 5,000 twenty-foot equivalent container units. The rotation includes access to ports in Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and the Yantian District in China.

The new business will help contribute to CSX Transportation’s new intermodal service connecting its Charlotte, N.C., intermodal terminal with the Port of Wilmington, a project that was first announced in July 2016. The service, known as the Queen City Express, is the only direct intermodal service into the Charlotte region from a Southeast port.

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