Asia-Oz joint service boosts Evergreen offering

TAIWAN's Evergreen is expanding its container transport choices for
customers between Asia and Australia by teaming up with Hyundai
Merchant Marine (HMM) and APL to provide a new weekly Central & South
China-Australia Express (CAE) service.

Five classic panamax ships with capacities averaging 4,600 TEU will be
deployed on the new service, two will be operated by Evergreen Line
and the remaining three by HMM and APL.

The first sailing is scheduled around mid-August, with regular port
calls at Ningbo, Shanghai, Shenzhen-Yantian, Sydney, Melbourne and

CAE will augment the line's two weekly services (NEAX and CAT) that
call at ports in China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Australia.

The expansion in service offerings is in response to the increasing
trade demand on the route. Australia's economy is reported to have
entered stable growth.

The rising population, mainly from robust immigration, has not only
promoted the expansion of the consumer and housing markets, but also
the development of public infrastructure - all stimulating cargo
demand on this trade.

In addition to strengthening the current Asia-Australia network
coverage, the expanded capacity also provides shippers with more
reliable service. Evergreen Line has long cultivated the Australian
shipping market, establishing Evergreen Shipping Agency (Australia)
Pty Ltd in 2002.

From its base of three offices located at Sydney, Melbourne and
Brisbane, the line will continue to assist shippers to enhance their
market competitiveness in the region.