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United Alliance to call at Yantian

The United Alliance lines Hanjin Shipping, DSR-Senator, and Cho Yang Shipping have obtained regulatory approval from China to begin eastbound calls at Yantian on their Europe/Asia/U.S. West Coast "Pendulum A" service.

The "Hanjin Copenhagen will be the first United Alliance vessel to call at Yantian with imports from Europe, as well as to load exports for North America. The vessel sails from Rotterdam on Feb. 19 and arrives/departs from Yantian on March 15/16 respectively," Hanjin said.

Yantian is in mainland China, close to Hong Kong. It needs an inward supply of empty containers to support a one-way flow of exports to North America. Some containers can be brought in loaded with exports from Europe (an inherent option with a pendulum), and the remainder can be ferried in by ships which are calling direct at Yantian, Hanjin said. This latter approach is cheaper than moving empties overland via Hong Kong.

The United Alliance is the latest major transpacific service provider to initiate a direct call in mainland China close to Hong Kong.