BALTIMORE — A major Israeli shipping company is launching an e-commerce service in Baltimore this month, promising “a very competitive alternative to air freight.”
ZIM Shipping Service, one of the world’s leading container shipping companies, will begin regular trips from China and Southeast Asia to the Port of Baltimore, the Port Authority announced today. of Maryland.
The new ZIM Ecommerce Baltimore Express will help meet a “substantial” increase in import/export demand for containerized cargo, according to the Port Authority.
The express line “provides customers with Asia’s fastest transit time to Baltimore, guaranteed space and no-roll amenities, late cut-off from Asia’s ports, a dedicated exit lane and rail connections / expedited air/road to domestic destinations.”
Governor Larry Hogan said in a statement, ZIM’s commitment to the Port of Baltimore is another indication that the international shipping industry recognizes Maryland’s role as a critical gateway to US markets.
Eli Glickman, President and CEO of ZIM, said, “The opening of this new service is another example of our efforts to grow our fast and dedicated premium lines, which are a highly competitive alternative to air cargo. As part of our vision and strategy, we are taking initiatives to support our customers, especially during this challenging time of supply chain disruptions.”
The new service will start with a bi-weekly frequency and increase to weekly.
ZIM, a 77-year-old company, has a fleet of nearly 100 ships and trade lanes in the Transpacific, Atlantic Crossing, Suez Crossing, Intra-Asia and Latin America. The company also has noted today that it is temporarily suspending all services to and from Ukraine and Russia.