The Port of Seattle has announced that, starting in February, Pacific International Lines (PIL) will be calling at the Port of Seattle, at Terminal 30. The new service is in partnership with China Shipping Container Lines’ and United Arab Shipping Company’s existing joint service. The service will rotate Nansha – Hong Kong – Yantian – Ningbo – Shanghai – Pusan – Seattle – Vancouver, and back to Nansha. It is expected to provide reliable, fast transport for Northwest imports, and expand options for exports. This contract brings the total number of carriers that call at the Port of Seattle to 19.
This is a new ANW service for Pacific International Lines, though they have container services that touch every continent, and feeder services that comprehensively cover South East Asia, the Bay of Bengal and India’s East Coast, the African coasts, and the Pacific Islands. They have 26 sailings a week out of China. Headquartered in Singapore, PIL was incorporated in 1967 as a pioneer in the Chinese shipping market.
PIL is the second carrier to initiate service with the Port of Seattle in the past year.