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Chinese to run Southampton-Finland-Russia link

[ March 25, 2019   //   ]

COSCO is to introduce a new weekly service between Southampton, Russia and Finland. It follows the Chinese-owned shipping line’s confirmation in February that DP World Southampton will be a permanent call on its feeder service.

The rotation of the new service includes St Petersburg, Kotka and Rotterdam with the first vessel scheduled to call in Southampton on 27 March.

Head of Commercial UK Ports, DP World, James Leeson, said: “Traditionally it is the ports on the east coast of the UK that serve Russia and the Baltics. This service will provide importers and exporters with an alternative option.”

While businesses still do not know exactly what the customs arrangements will after the UK leaves the EU, Leeson adds that DP World already has the customs clearance systems facilities and infrastructure in place adding: “Container feeder services from Southampton and London Gateway give business an alternative to ro-ro ports; 90% of cargo that comes through our UK terminals is customs cleared within an hour.”

Unifeeder, recently acquired by DP World, started a new direct service between Gdynia, Poland and DP World London Gateway at the end of February. This brings the number of short sea and feeder services DP World’s UK terminals can offer shippers seven weekly sailings.

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