Tokyo Trader, the first of eight vessels deployed on the Intra Asia 5 service, left Shanghai on January 27 and will arrive in the Myanmar’s Yangon port on February 9.
Maersk said in a statement that the Intra Asia 5 service will provide a direct trade link between the two countries.
China is Myanmar’s biggest trading partner, accounting for an estimated 45 percent of all Asian imports.
China Shipping Container Lines has also launched a China-Myanmar service. They have four vessels under the Burma Express, which will depart Shanghai then call at Ningbo, Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, Singapore, and Yangon, taking 12 to 14 days.