The China-California Express (CCX), designed to help US importers move stranded shipments from China, will have a 12-day transit time from Shanghai direct to the Port of Oakland, with a Ningbo departure taking 14 days.
The express service will also supplement existing capacity Matson provides in Long Beach. The scheduled rotation is Ningbo-Shanghai-Oakland-Long Beach-Honolulu-Ningbo, the carrier said in a marketing sheet sent to customers.
Long Beach transit time is scheduled for 15 days from Shanghai. Slots on the vessels, which went on sale July 16, are very limited and are expected to command extremely high rates, reports New York FreightWaves.
Matson is redeploying three small vessels, two with capacity for 2,750 TEU as well as the 2,800-TEU Mahimahi, according to information provided by the company. Matson was able to free up capacity by pulling from reserve vessels and adjusting its schedule.
The CCX will depart three out of every five weeks from China until the Lunar New Year next February. It's Matson's third expedited trans-Pacific service.