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CMA CGM upgrades its Asia – Africa network

French carrier CMA CGM announced the revamping of its services connecting Asia with West and South Africa, effective from the first week of December.

CMA CGM's WAX service will now be dedicated to Nigeria, Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire, with an enhanced fleet, while WAX3 service will continue to serve Togo and Nigeria. Additionally, the Shaka service will provide transshipment service to Cape Town via Port Louis.

The Marseille-based box line said it will provide direct services from North, Center, and South China to West Africa's biggest markets in Nigeria, Ghana, Côte d'Ivoire, and Cameroon via its updated services.

Details of the updated services

WAX service will be operated by 13 vessels of 14,000 TEU capacity and will be offered in 91 days.

The updated rotation of the WAX service will be Xiamen (China) – Qingdao (China) - Gwangyang (South Korea) – Shanghai (China) – Ningbo (China) – Shekou (China) – Nansha (China) - Singapore – Tanjung Pelepas (Malaysia) – Tema (Ghana) – Lekki (Nigeria) – Abidjan (Ivory Coast) – Pointe Noire (Congo) – Colombo (Sri Lanka) – Singapore - Xiamen.

Transit times:

From/ToTemaLekkiAbidjanPointe Noire
Qingdao41 days45 days48 days55 days
Shanghai36 days41 days44 days51 days
Ningbo35 days39 days42 days49 days
Shekou31 days36 days39 days46 days
Nansha29 days34 days37 days44 days
Singapore23 days27 days30 days37 days
Tanjung Pelepas21 days26 days29 days36 days

The WAX3 service will be offered in 70 days, with ten 4,500 TEU container ships.

The rotation of the service will be Singapore - Tanjung Pelepas (Malaysia) - Lome (Togo)  - Apapa (Nigeria) - Onne (Nigeria) - Cotonou (Benin) - Singapore.

Transit times:

Singapore26 days28 days32 days38 days
Tanjung Pelepas23 days25 days29 days35 days

With 12 vessels of 8,500 TEU box capacity, the ASAF service will be offered in 84 days.

The rotation of ASAF service will be Qingdao (China) – Shanghai (China) – Ningbo (China) – Nansha (China) – Tanjung Pelepas (Malaysia) – Singapore – Pointe Noire (Congo) – Kribi (Cameroon) – Luanda (Angola) – Walvis Bay (Namibia) – Singapore – Qingdao.

Transit times:

From/ToPointe NoireKribiLuandaWalvis Bay
Qingdao37 days41 days46 days54 days
Shanghai35 days39 days43 days51 days
Ningbo33 days37 days42 days50 days
Nansha30 days34 days38 days46 days
Tanjung Pelepas25 days29 days33 days41 days
Singapore23 days27 days31 days39 days

Additionally, the SHAKA service will be available in 63 days, with nine vessels of 9,300 TEU container capacity.

SHAKA service's updated port rotation will be Shanghai (China) - Ningbo (China) - Shekou (China) - Tanjung Pelepas (Malaysia) - Port Louis (Mauritius) - Durban (South Africa) - Port Louis - Tanjung Pelepas - Shanghai.

Transit times:

From/ToPort LouisDurbanCape Town
Shanghai24 days30 days33 days
Ningbo19 days25 days28 days
Shekou13 days20 days22 days
Tanjung Pelepas10 days16 days19 days

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