German container shipping firm Hapag-Lloyd will launch a new service to connect Southern China with Northern Europe.

The new China Germany Express (CGX) service will be offered as a two-port loop product from 1 April.

The route will become another gateway to and from Southern China, directly linking to Northern Europe.

The CGX service will replace Hapag-Lloyd’s Far East Loop 6, 7 and 8 services and run with eight Panamax ships.

They will sail on a weekly basis, with a 27-day transit period.

According to the company, customers are expected to reap the benefits of intermodal capabilities in Dachan Bay, China, and Hamburg, Germany, as well as get access to Central and Eastern Europe.

Hapag-Lloyd Far East trade management senior director Andreas Buetfering said: “With our customers’ cargo planning and the strong demand for container transports in mind, we have developed this new service for China-Germany relations that pays attention to addressing the current market challenges.”

“We meet these challenges by offering our customers a new and fast connection between China and Europe whilst at the same time reducing complexities and increasing reliability for them.”

The first westbound voyage from Dachan Bay to Hamburg is slated for April, while the initial eastbound sailing from Hamburg to Dachan Bay will commence in May.

Last November, Hapag-Lloyd announced its results for the first nine months of 2021.

The firm’s group profit to September 2021 stood at $6.7bn, a more than ten-fold growth compared to $605m in the prior year.