Maersk Line has decided to withdraw the Eastbound Valencia call that was initially included in the new TP7 rotation.
According to the shipping line, the purpose of the Valencia call was predominantly to reposition empties from Europe back to the Far East. This call however would have resulted in all cargo from the USA to Asia to be covered by an Entry Summary Declaration (ENS).
The EU legislation indeed requires that all cargo, whether or not consigned to the EU, must be declared, including freight remaining on board (FROB). In the case of deep sea containerised traffic, the ENS is to be lodged before loading in the foreign load port.
The paper work cost seems to have been deemed too high by Maersk Line to justify the Valencia – empty handling call. Originally, the 6,300 teu LESOTHO was scheduled to make the inaugural Valencia call on 13 June.
The ‘new’ TP7 results from the revision of the previous ECNA – Far East via Panama ‘TP7’ service into a ECNA – Far East via Suez loop.
The service will call at: Ningbo, Shanghai, Yantian, Hong Kong, Tanjung Pelepas, (Suez Canal), Tanger Med, Savannah, Charleston, Miami, Tanger Med, Jeddah, Kaohsiung and Ningbo, and complete the rotation in twelve weeks.