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Liverpool’s Far East service set to expand as China ambassador pays a call

[ April 28, 2022   //   ]

Chinese Ambassador Zheng Zeguang paid a visit to the port of Liverpool this week to commemorate the first anniversary of the ‘China Xpress’ service, its first direct route from the Far East.

The China Xpress service was launched by North West based shipping line – DKT Allseas – in May 2021, to address the disruption caused by the global pandemic.

The 30-day service from the ports of Ningbo and Shenzhen direct to the Port of Liverpool is now set to expand with a feeder link into the ports of Qingdao, Shanghai, Foshan and Nansha.

In addition, Allseas Global is set to also welcome the inaugural call of new vessel ‘Allseas Pioneer’ into Liverpool this month.

Allseas Global managing director, Darren Wright, said: “The Allseas Pioneer is the first in a series of six of our own-branded container vessels, with an investment of over $150 million – such is the commitment we have to this service and the customers using it to steady their Supply Chains. We are truly honoured by the Ambassador and Consul General’s visit to help celebrate and promote this unique and pioneering service direct from China to Liverpool.”

In his first visit anywhere outside London since the start of the pandemic, The Ambassador was accompanied by Zheng Xiyuan, China’s Consul General in Manchester and other senior Embassy officials.

The Ambassador was also joined by Mayor of Sefton Counsellor Clare Louise Carragher and representatives from the Liverpool China Partnership, the Department for International Trade as well as local Chinese business representatives in order to mark the special occasion.

Peel Ports Group chief executive, Claudio Veritiero, added: “China is a key trade partner for the UK and our Ports play a critical role in the future growth and development of this market. The investments we have made into Liverpool2 have supported a doubling in the value of trade between China and the Port of Liverpool, topping £1bn for the first time in 2021.”