Gold Star Line (GSL) continues build up its network with a new service that will provide a direct connection between China, Southeast Asia and South Africa.

The SA1 service will be launched on May 7, operating on a weekly rotation to meet growing demand for improved services to Africa’s economic powerhouse.

The new service will have a 63-day rotation comprising eight 3,300 TEU vessels. GSL will also offer intermodal services to inland areas of South Africa, primarily via Durban, providing direct access to agricultural and industrial regions of the country.

“GSL has a long-established history of serving the African market and we see rich potential in this new service, as South Africa develops stronger trade links with both Northeast Asia and Southeast Asia,” said managing director Danny Hoffmann.

One area that GSL is keen to develop is growing demand for fresh fruit from South Africa to Asia. Reefer services will be provided for this trade with Hong Kong as a direct port of call.

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