Effective May 15th, the Taiwanese carrier Evergreen will introduce Packer Avenue Marine Terminal in Philadelphia as a regular port of discharge on its weekly East Coast South America U.S. East Coast service.
Until now, Evergreen has concentrated its main import cargo movements over New York, but the decision to offer Philadelphia as first inbound discharge port, with a regular weekly call each Tuesday, is expected to provide a valuable boost for the Delaware River facility.
Northbound port rotation on Evergreen’s SNA (South North America) route is Paranagua, Buenos Aires, Rio Grande, Santos, Rio de Janeiro, Puerto Cabello, then direct to Philadelphia. Transit times are 13 days from Rio de Janeiro and only five days from Puerto Cabello.
Six 21-knot ships, each with a capacity of around 2,400 TEU, maintain the service. Space on the ships is shared also with APL, CAT (Crowley American Transport) and Lykes Lines, all of which generate significant import volumes to the Philadelphia region.
Packer Avenue Marine Terminal offers 3,800 feet (1,158 metres) of quay space and is serviced by five gantry cranes. Yard facilities include over 400 power points for refrigerated container cargoes, which represent an important commodity in the South America U.S trade. The terminal has easy access to all Philadelphia’s inter-state highway connections, and is adjacent to the intermodal rail links of three Class I railroads, Canadian Pacific, CSX and Norfolk Southern.
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