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New service links US and Vietnam

Pacific International Lines offers new shipping route, with calls at two Californian ports

New service links US and Vietnam

The Port of Oakland is a key gateway for US suppliers 

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Trade between the US and Vietnam will be boosted through a new direct shipping service which will call at California’s Port of Oakland and Port of Long Beach.

Pacific International Lines (PIL) will operate the service using vessels that can carry up to 11,900 twenty-foot (TEU) containers.

“PIL’s new direct service from the Port of Oakland is a good sign of increasing demand on Vietnam routes,” said Port of Oakland maritime director John Driscoll. “Vietnam is showing strong growth in its import and export markets.”

In 2018, Vietnam was the Port of Oakland’s third largest import market and fifth largest export market.

When measured by volume, US exports to Vietnam from Oakland have grown by 126 per cent since 2015. Oakland imports from Vietnam have grown 29 percent since 2015.

The new PIL service will have a port rotation of Haiphong – Nansha – Hong Kong – Yantian – Long Beach – Oakland – Yantian – Haiphong.

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