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UWL, Swire Shipping Add Westbound Call in Busan to Sun Chief Express

Customers of refrigerated cargo request for service in Korea, driving continued expansion of Sun Chief Express Service

Seattle, March 17, 2023
– In response to increased customer demand, UWL and Swire Shipping have announced the addition of a new port call for export refrigerated containers in Busan, Korea on the popular Sun Chief Express service from her April 1, 2023 voyage.

"Many clients have expressed a strong preference for a return to the shorter Ho Chi Minh - Seattle eastbound voyage, as the service was initially conceived, as well as a quicker Seattle – Haiphong leg on the westbound voyage,” said UWL President Duncan Wright. “Swire Shipping’s decision to add this call for export reefer containers in Busan will give export customers additional reach into Asia and provide American agricultural exporters better access to global markets.”

This new port call coincides with a recent adjustment to the Sun Chief Express schedule, which was made to increase efficiency while also adding the Busan call. The new service rotation is now Seattle - Busan - Haiphong - Ho Chi Minh – Seattle.

UWL Swire New Port Rotation (1)“We are excited to add this new call to the Sun Chief Express service,” said Rufus Frere-Smith, Regional Head of Americas - Projects, Swire Shipping. “Combined with the enhanced change to the rotation, we continue to provide a service that is best in class in the market. As well as expanding capacity to US exporters by using available slots to carry cargo, utilization of otherwise empty slots for repositioning contributes to more efficient use of ships and reduction in net CO2 emissions.”

Clients using Sun Chief Express for import service can take advantage of UWL’s robust presence in the Pacific Northwest, including partnerships with its sister companies World Distribution Services and Pacific Cascade. Together, the companies offer over half a million square feet of retail distribution space in the region. Transloading, cross-docking, and other distribution services are available, in addition to multiple IPI rail connections and over-the-road trucking options to move their freight inland.

Importers and exporters alike are assured quick throughput in and out of the port, thanks to strong relationships with the Northwest Seaport Alliance and their partners.

“Customers have been thrilled with the progress our reefer export program has made, and now is the time to expand,” added Wright. “The reliability, efficiency, and commitment to service are second-to-none, and we know these adjustments will help us continue to provide and exceed the level of service customers have come to expect.”


About UWL

UWL is a top 10 American-owned NVOCC and leading provider of global 3PL services. They take pride in delivering seamless supply chain solutions backed by a team of creative problem-solvers. UWL specializes in ocean transportation, air freight, project cargo, warehousing and distribution, chartering, bulk liquid logistics, and customs house brokerage. Proof is in their owned assets: a national network of distribution centers, dependable trucking capacity, and a proprietary user-friendly data management platform that delivers transparency and data to customers’ supply chains. To learn more, visit


About Swire Shipping

Swire Shipping is the wholly owned, deep-sea ship owning and operating arm of the multinational Swire group. Founded in 1872, it is the oldest operating entity of the group. Connecting over 400 ports, Swire Shipping provides several high frequency liner shipping services in the Asia Pacific markets; integrated logistics solutions in the Pacific; transpacific services between North Asia and the Pacific Northwest; and specialist shipping services to the global project logistics market under the brand name, Swire Projects. It specializes in providing a wide range of specialist customer solutions for project, heavy lift, refrigerated, breakbulk and mini bulk cargoes. Swire Shipping maintains a worldwide agency network in addition to its own representative offices across the Asia-Pacific, Pacific Islands, North America, and Europe, providing customers with dedicated service and expert market knowledge. For more information, please visit 


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