Vietnamese container transportation provider APL has launched its first weekly direct shipping service between Vietnam and the US, to reduce transit time.

As part of the service, ships from Vietnam with about 20% of all outgoing freight heading across the Transpacific will take just 15 days to reach Seattle, and 16 days to Los Angeles.

The service started operating at the new Saigon Port-PSA deep-water container terminal located on the Cai Mep River in Ba Ria Vung Tau province in southern Vietnam.