The liner carrier ZIM (USA) has begun offering a Richmond bill of lading to importers and exporters, using a barge service from Norfolk, Va., up the James River.
Any shipper tendering cargo to or from ZIM at the Port of Richmond will have access to the 180 ports served by the ocean carrier.
“This decision by ZIM adds to the increasing significance of the barge service that connects the Port of Virginia and the Port of Richmond," said John Reinhart, chief executive officer and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority. “This move will be beneficial to our mutual customers, the economic development community, the port and ZIM.”
The 64 Express
, owned and operated by James River Barge Line, currently offers three weekly roundtrip container-on-barge sailings between Norfolk International Terminals, APM Terminals Virginia (Portsmouth) and the Port of Richmond.
The port estimates the barge service accounts for about 12,000 fewer truck trips on I-64 on annual average.
“ZIM is using the Port of Virginia in order to provide service to the furniture and finished product manufacturers from Asia and the regional refrigerated freight market and paper mills needs in export to both Atlantic and Pacific trades,” said Lea Bogatch-Genossar, ZIM’s Americas, Canada and Caribbean-area president. “The Richmond bill of lading is another extension we’re offering to the market that will enable more environment-friendly transportation, as part of our vision to support the environment and community.”