The container carrier OOCL and its subsidiary OOCL Logistics have introduced a service that takes containers from Xi'an to several US East Coast ports via the Baltic and North seas.
Containers are transported by rail to the Port of Kaliningrad and loaded onto a ship heading to Bremerhaven. In Germany, the shipment boards another vessel that will take it to the ports of New York, Charleston, and Savannah.
The first China-US train of OOCL left Xi'an on 4 August.
"The intention is to provide reliable and timely shipment by seizing the opportunity to avoid the current high levels of traffic seen on routes to the US West Coast and through the Panama Canal," OOCL explained in a press release.