Israeli flag carrier Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd announced it will extend its container service coverage with a new service, Balboa Central America Express (BCA), connecting ports in the west coast of Central America with its global Zim Container Service Pacific (ZCP), via the port of Balboa in Panama.
The new service will operate two container vessels on a weekly basis with the following rotation: Balboa (Panama), Acajutla (El Salvador), Puerto Quetzal (Guatemala), Lazaro Cardenas (Mexico), Puerto Quetzal, Acajutla and back to Balboa.
BCA Express offers an excellent, fast connection between Asian ports covered by ZCP and the ports in this growing region. The service allows frequent and reliable access to the ports of Puerto Quetzal in Guatemala and Acajutla in El Salvador, with one transshipment in Balboa, offering one of the best transit times in the market.
The connection to Zim's main ZCP service enables further links through Zim's global network, covering all major trade routes.
The first vessel to load from Asia is the TEU 4,900 " Zim Shenzhen", United Kingdom [UK] flag, sailing from Ningbo August 21, to Shanghai August 22, Busan August 24 and arriving at Balboa on September 13, Acajutla September 18 and Quetzal September 19.