05 Feb Direct China-Myanmar shipping service sets sail

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Shanghai to Yangon container ship voyages are now underway, an indication that China-Myanmar trade is on the increase. Here the world's biggest container ship, named the Maersk MC-Kinney Moller arrives at the port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Photo: Jerry Lampen/EPA
Shanghai to Yangon container ship voyages are now underway, an indication that China-Myanmar trade is on the increase. Here the world's biggest container ship, named the Maersk MC-Kinney Moller arrives at the port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Photo: Jerry Lampen/EPA

The first sailing of MCC Transport’s new direct service between China and Myanmar is on the water as the sister company of Maersk Line moves to capitalise on growing trade between the two nations, according to the Journal of Commerce February 4.

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.