An eastbound call at Valencia is to be added to Maersk Line’s ‘AE6’, as of early June. The port’s addition is mainly driven by Maersk’s need to lift empty containers back to the Far East.
Maersk had initially planned to add a specific call to pick up empties to its new ‘TP7’ USEC – Suez – Asia service. The carrier however finally decided otherwise, as the Spanish call would have made all cargo on this loop – including containers that remain on board the ‘TP7’ vessels – subject to a European Entry Summary Declaration. Since the service does not have a single European call, all the paperwork would have been caused only by the new Spain call and only for the sake of loading empties. Maersk Line hence decided to rather use a loop which already has several EU calls to reposition empties and opted for the ‘AE6’.
The 9,700 teu GUDRUN MAESK will make the first stop at Valencia on 6 June.