Ambassador Zheng Zeguang of the People’s Republic of China Embassy in the UK visited the Port of Liverpool on Tuesday 26 April 2022 to commemorate the first anniversary since the launch of China Xpress service, as a direct shipping route to the Far East.
The China Xpress service was launched by Allseas shipping line in May 2021 to address the supply chain disruption caused by the global pandemic and to enable the delivery of cargo to UK importers from their suppliers in China.
The 30-day service which carries up to 1700 containers from the Chinese ports of Ningbo and Shenzhen direct to the Port of Liverpool is now set to expand with a feeder service 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.
Darren Wright, Managing Director at Allseas Global said: “The Allseas Pioneer is the first in a series of six of our own branded container vessels, with an investment of over USD 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.
The Port of Liverpool was instrumental in enabling the AllSeas Global China service in order to bypass the more congested southern UK ports and provide a closer entry point for the end destination of goods.