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ZIM has announced it will expand its regional network, providing a new option for customers in Mexico and the US. The carrier will start a new service between Altamira and Port Tampa Bay next month–aptly called the Mexico Tampa Shuttle (MTS).

Beginning in mid-December, the Israeli carrier will deploy one 1,000TEU vessel on the MTS service on a weekly, fixed-day schedule between the port of Altamira, Mexico and Tampa, Florida. The service will depart from the Mexican port on Fridays and call at the port of Tampa on Mondays.

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According to vesselfinder.com, ZIM claims its new product will offer guaranteed space allocation, container availability for dry, reefer, and special equipment, extended cut-off dates, and a quick International Maritime Organization (IMO) Cargo approval process, along with door-to-door and end-to-end inland service. This is great news for increasing trade between Gulf Coast ports.

“The new MTS is a valuable addition to our growing regional network, strengthening our position as the fastest-growing ocean carrier in the Mexican market,” commented Yoram Dallman, ZIM vice president at Latin America business unit.

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