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New North Europe-Mexico Container Service Begins in Charleston

Charleston, SC - A new joint shipping service with coverage across North Europe and Mexico made its first U.S. stop in Charleston today with the call of the Box Voyager.

French carrier CMA CGM, in partnership with Chile-based CSAV, has launched its upgraded New Victory Bridge service, deploying five vessels of 3,000-TEU (20-foot equivalent unit) capacity on the weekly service.

The New Victory Bridge service, known to CSAV clients as the South Atlantic U.S. - Mexico Express (SAMEX) Service, boasts the shortest transit time between North Europe and the U.S. South Atlantic. Charleston is the first U.S. port inbound, providing South Carolina-based shippers access to key North Europe markets.

Foreign ports in the rotation include Le Havre, France; Antwerp, Belgium; Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Bremerhaven, Germany; and Veracruz and Altamira, Mexico. The service calls the Wando Welch Terminal.

About the South Carolina State Ports Authority: The South Carolina State Ports Authority, established by the state's General Assembly in 1942, owns and operates public seaport facilities in Charleston and Georgetown, handling international commerce valued at nearly $45 billion annually while receiving no direct taxpayer subsidy. An economic development engine for the state, port operations facilitate 260,800 jobs across South Carolina and $44.8 billion in economic activity each year. For more information, visit