CMA CGM to initiate new weekly Brazil express service from Port NOLA

Marseilles, France-based CMA CGM will initiate a new weekly direct container service to South America from the Port of New Orleans on 21 April. CMA CGM’s Brazil Express will operate from the Port’s Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal, enhancing the Port’s direct access to ports of call between Mexico and Brazil and adding capacity to the trade lane for shippers.

“The Brazil Express service continues CMA CGM’s expansion in the Gulf Region and in New Orleans in particular,” says CMA CGM president Marc Bourdon. “This service brings direct connectivity with Mexico, Northern South America and Brazil – including a direct call into Manaus – as we look forward to continued growth and cooperation with the Port for the future.”

Port of New Orleans president and CEO Brandy Christian says the new service builds upon CMA CGM’s growing presence at the Port of New Orleans, with the carrier’s recently initiated direct weekly service to Asia. “We appreciate the strong working relationship with CMA CGM. The Port, CMA CGM, and most importantly, our customers benefit from this new direct service to Mexico and South America,” says Christian.

CMA CGM has called at the Port of New Orleans since 2009 and currently operates three weekly services, the Med-Americas Service to the Caribbean and South and Central American ports from New Orleans, the Victory Bridge Service to Northern European ports and the PEX3 service, a direct weekly service to Asia.

The Brazil Express service will accommodate refrigerated cargo, as the service will feature 300 refrigerated container plugs allocated per week. The service will call on Altamira, Mexico; Veracruz, Mexico; Kingston, Jamaica; Cartagena, Colombia; Manzanillo, Panama; Manaus, Brazil; Victoria, Brazil; Santos, Brazil; Navegantes, Brazil; Paranagua, Brazil; Rio De Janeiro, Brazil; Salvador Di Bahia, Brazil; and Vila Do Conde, Brazil.

CMA CGM, founded and led by Jacques R. Saadé, is the world’s third-largest container carrier. Its 536 vessels call more than 420 ports in the world, on all five continents.

 The Port of New Orleans is a deep-draft multi-purpose port in Louisiana’s Lower Mississippi River. Connected to major inland markets and Canada via 14,500 miles of waterways, six class-1 railroads and the interstate highway system, the Port is the ideal gateway for steel, project cargo, containers, coffee, natural rubber, chemicals, forest products, manufactured goods, and cruising.

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