PACIFIC International Lines is launching a new service linking the major east-coast ports of Australia with China.

The new service, called Sino Australia Express (SAE), will commence on 10 March 2022 from Qingdao.

The six vessels serving the route (with an average capacity of 3900 TEU) will be jointly deployed by PIL, T.S Lines, Yang Ming and Sea Lead Shipping.

PIL chief trade officer Tonnie Lim said, “We are launching this new SAE service to meet increasing demand from our customers for a more direct and faster service between the key ports in China and three main cities of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane in Australia.

“This reflects the ongoing healthy trade volume between China and Australia, and PIL is pleased to be able to support our customers in benefiting from this positive growth trend between the two countries.”

The ports of call for the new SAE service are:

Qingdao – Shanghai – Nansha – Shekou – Sydney – Melbourne – Brisbane – Qingdao