ZIM has announced it will expand its regional network, providing a new option for customers in Mexico and the US. The carrier will start a new service between Altamira and Port Tampa Bay next month–aptly called the Mexico Tampa Shuttle (MTS).
Beginning in mid-December, the Israeli carrier will deploy one 1,000TEU vessel on the MTS service on a weekly, fixed-day schedule between the port of Altamira, Mexico and Tampa, Florida. The service will depart from the Mexican port on Fridays and call at the port of Tampa on Mondays.
According to vesselfinder.com, ZIM claims its new product will offer guaranteed space allocation, container availability for dry, reefer, and special equipment, extended cut-off dates, and a quick International Maritime Organization (IMO) Cargo approval process, along with door-to-door and end-to-end inland service. This is great news for increasing trade between Gulf Coast ports.
“The new MTS is a valuable addition to our growing regional network, strengthening our position as the fastest-growing ocean carrier in the Mexican market,” commented Yoram Dallman, ZIM vice president at Latin America business unit.