Container shipping company APL has started the industry’s first direct service from Jakarta, Indonesia, to the U.S.
Starting on Monday, the Pendulum Loop 1 (PE1) service was offered as part of the Ocean Alliance, a vessel and slot sharing agreement between APL and China Cosco Shipping, Evergreen Line, CMA CGM and OOCL.
APL accounted for 16 percent of the outbound volumes from Indonesia to the U.S. in 2016.
“APL is extremely excited to be pioneering the PE1 service that revolutionizes cargo movements between Jakarta and the U.S.,” said Nicolas Sartini, APL Chief Executive Officer. “We are confident that the PE1 service will be a compelling alternative to transshipment which Indonesia relies on for shipments to the U.S. and vice versa. Combining direct connectivity and best-in-class transit, the PE1 service has just risen the bar for swift market access, particularly for Indonesian exporters.”
The PE1 service includes extensive coverage of ports in Southeast Asia as well as the U.S. East and West Coast. It holds the industry’s fastest transit time of 23 days from Jakarta to Los Angeles. Directly linking Jakarta with its top five trading partners such as Malaysia and Singapore, besides the U.S., APL’s PE1 service makes weekly call at Port Klang (Malaysia), Singapore, Jakarta, Laem Chabang (Thailand), Cai Mep (Vietnam), Los Angeles (U.S. West Coast), Oakland (U.S. West Coast), Hong Kong, Colombo (Sri Lanka), Halifax (Canada), New York (U.S. East Coast), Norfolk (U.S. East Coast) and Savannah (U.S. East Coast).
APL offers 38 loops under the Ocean Alliance, up from 29, to complement its existing global network of over 70 services.
The Ocean Alliance is supported by a fleet of nearly 350 vessels with about 3.5 million TEUs of capacity.