09 May 2022
KC Group Shipping, Scotland's leading independent shipping and logistics group, has announced the first direct container service between China and Scotland.
This ground-breaking new service is a partnership between the KC Groups KC Liner Agencies division, DKT Allseas and China Xpress. The maiden voyage will arrive in Greenock around 10 July, with three sailings per month scheduled both East and West Bound (direct).
KC Group Shipping Managing Director David Milne said: "The new service is one of the most significant developments in Scotland's shipping industry for many years. We've analysed the marketplace and listened to our customers, and there is no doubt that the service will bring much-needed efficiencies to their supply chains."
Huge benefits for Scotland
The direct sailings will reduce the transit times by up to two weeks compared with transit times via European mainland and Southern UK base ports. The service operates both Westbound from China and Eastbound to China, with feeder services across Asia allowing Scottish exporters to reduce lead times, carbon footprint on road haulage and other transport costs by using the direct Greenock routing.
With a wide range of container options available, the service will allow importers and exporters of any size to benefit from this partnership, creating a direct connection between Scotland and the far eastern markets.
David Milne continued, "I am encouraged that Scotland's industries now have a solution to ensure commerce, products and trade in and out of Scotland, have an effective and competitive alternative. Early in our research stage, we spoke with some of the largest importers and exporters throughout Scotland. They clearly indicated an appetite for our direct container service to and from China. We have had tremendous engagement and support from our supply chain partners, who are excited to be on board."
Scotland's trusted supply chain partner
KC Group Shipping has an established reputation for providing expertise and support to its client base. Their Authorised Economic Operator status, Excise Movement Guarantee and ISO accreditations ensure your consignments are in expert hands. Working across multiple sectors, including beers, wines and spirits, engineering, manufacturing and retail, the new China Xpress collaboration will cement its reputation as Scotland's most dynamic shipping and logistics organisation.
To find out more about the new China to Scotland direct container service, contact: ChinaExpress@kcliner.co.uk or speak to a shipping expert on 0141 420 7166.