From July, China Shipping Container Line (CSCL) is to drop Gioia Tauro as its Mediterranean hub port on its Far East/Europe service in favour of Valencia. China Shipping has informed its agents in southern Europe of the move, but it said the decision was not based on the labour disputes and congestion delays in Gioia Tauro now being experienced by other lines. Instead, it said it needed to further integrate its services with Zim Israel, with which CSCL has a number of slot-share agreements.
At present, China Shipping makes an eastbound and westbound call at Gioia Tauro, and uses the port to feed cargo over western Mediterranean centres. Zim Israel has slots on the service and has feeder connections between Valencia and other ports in the Med, including its Zim Container Service hub port, Barcelona.